The Week 7 bye was fortuitous timing for an Eagles team that had been without two Pro Bowl linemen for two games. On Monday, during the team's 10-10-10 practice session, defensive end Trent Cole returned, as did fellow defensive end Brandon Graham, who had been on the physically unable to perform list. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the Eagles also welcomed back All-Pro Jason Peters, who had missed two games with a hamstring injury.
And while the offensive line acquitted themselves quite well shuffling pieces in Peters' absence, the return of the 6-foot-4, 328-pound athletic marvel is a good sign for an offense that must prepare for a Dallas Cowboys defense that features the likes of DeMarcus Ware, who ranks second in the league with 8.0 sacks.
The bye "was great timing," Peters told PhiladelphiaEagles.com Tuesday. "Now I'm coming back against the Cowboys and trying to get another win.
"I'm feeling good. I'm just working myself back into it."
While King Dunlap (who also returned to practice Monday after missing a game with lower back spasms) and Todd Herremans did well to man the left tackle spot in Peters' absence, the expectation is that, with Peters back, Herremans will resume his role as right tackle while Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce and Danny Watkins man the interior offensive line, from left to right. But with the impressive performance of Winston Justice against the Redskins, combined with Dunlap's standout job against the Buffalo Bills, the Eagles now have an embarrassment of riches along the line.
Still, the assigned protector of Michael Vick's front side left no doubt that he'll be on the field for Sunday Night Football in front of what is sure to be a raucous crowd of Eagles faithful.
"I'm going to rock," he said. "Sunday, I'll be out there."