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Allen Will Struggle To Play Monday Night

Head coach Andy Reid said that starting free safety Nate Allen will "struggle" to play on Monday night against Washington after suffering a neck sprain in Sunday's win over the Colts.

"He's going to struggle to make it for this week," Reid said. "We'll see how he progresses throughout the week."

Allen was injured early in the second quarter and was replaced by another rookie in Kurt Coleman.

Cornerback Ellis Hobbs, who missed Sunday's game with a hip flexor injury, will see a back specialist for another opinion. Reid has not ruled him out for Monday night's game. Dimitri Patterson made his first career start with Hobbs out of the lineup. Reid was proud of Patterson's performance.

"I thought he stepped up. He had some big plays," Reid said. "They tried to go after him a little bit. I thought he did some good things there."

Reid did not rule out making a roster move in the secondary. Reid was specifically asked about Packers cornerback Al Harris, who is expected to be released on Monday. Harris began his career in Philadelphia and was a very good nickel corner, but has been sidelined this year with a knee injury. If/when Harris is released, he would be subject to waivers.

The other injuries that Reid discussed were along the offensive line. Guard Max Jean-Gilles suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Sunday's win. Nick Cole took over for Jean-Gilles, who is "feeling a little bit better today" per Reid. If Jean-Gilles can't play Monday night, Cole will start. Todd Herremans, the starting left guard, is bothered by an ankle sprain that he previously had, but "should be fine."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:15 p.m., November 8

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