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Demps To Take Over Kick Return Duties

Safety Quintin Demps will resume his role as the primary kickoff returner this week against the San Francisco 49ers, according to special teams' coordinator Ted Daisher.

"I thought (Demps) did a very nice job on the one return that he had" against the Giants, Daisher said. The Giants "had scored and taken the lead 31-3-. We got a nice return, got it out to the 40 and then of course the big play to DeSean right afterwards gave us the lead back."

In the third quarter of the 45-38 win over the Giants, Demps replaced Macho Harris as kickoff returner and, in his only return of the game, reeled off a 30-yard return to the Eagles' 40-yard-line. Harris was unable to resume his role as kickoff returner because he was in the locker room getting x-rayed, according to Daisher.

Harris "is going to play (this week)," Daisher said. "He's healthy and all that, but right now we're thinking about putting Quintin Demps back there."

Demps was the Eagles' kickoff returner in 2008 and was fourth in the NFL in kickoff return yards. On the season, he had an average of 25.3 yards per return, and also had a 100-yard touchdown return.

"I'm fired up," Demps said about taking over the return role, "really fired up."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:59 p.m., December 17

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