Head coach Andy Reid said that free safety Nate Allen will return to practice on Wednesday after missing Monday's game with a neck sprain. However, running back LeSean McCoy (AC joint sprain) and defensive end Juqua Parker (hip flexor) will not practice. Reid said that he thinks "both of them will be ready to go" for Sunday night's game against the Giants.
Linebacker Ernie Sims is battling a "slight ankle sprain," but will practice per Reid.
Cornerback Ellis Hobbs, who missed Monday's game with a hip flexor injury, will get some work in practice, but is being eased back into the lineup. Reid indicated that Hobbs could potentially resume the role of kickoff returner for Sunday night's game. Reid did say that Dimitri Patterson will start for the third straight game at right cornerback.
Max Jean-Gilles will also return to the lineup after missing Monday night's game with a concussion. Jean-Gilles dressed and was active for the game, but Nick Cole started. Reid said that he will rotate both Cole and Jean-Gilles into the lineup on Sunday night.
After Monday night's brilliant win over the Washington Redskins, Reid understands that he has to quickly turn his team's focus on the Giants who have the league's top-ranked defense and No. 2 offense.
"When you turn on the tape and see the New York Giants ... you know you're going against a good football team," Reid said. "There are plenty of things we can learn from that game (against Washington). We need to constantly improve here. Things are never as good as you think. Things are never as bad as you think."
Reid was also asked about how quarterback Michael Vick will deal with the attention being paid to him following his historic performance against the Redskins. Vick became the first player in league history to throw for 300 yards, rush for 50 yards, throw for four touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns in the same game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has asked for Vick's jersey from Monday's game. Vick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive game.
"Michael's been in this league a long time and he understands that," Reid said. "I don't really have to say anything."
Reid added that Vick knows as well as anyone that in the NFL you can be on "top of the mountain" one day and in the "bottom of the well" the next.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., November 17