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Game Vs. Bengals: Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury Report: "(FB Stanley) Havili went out of the game with a hamstring strain, and he'll have an MRI in the morning. (LG Evan) Mathis has an ankle sprain. (It's) the same ankle that was bothering him before. (CB Brandon) Hughes, we're not sure yet exactly what that is. They're evaluating him now. (CB) Nnamdi (Asomugha) came out for a bit just to have his hand x-rayed, and he came back. (TE Clay) Harbor had a low back spasm."

Opening Remarks: "Five turnovers and 31 points, that really says it all. I thought the effort was there and guys played hard, but you just can't have those turnovers. That's a problem. We had the one problem on special teams where (LB) Ryan Rau got caught up (on the sideline) when he needed to be out on the field on the punt block. He's a new guy who is learning what we're doing. The bottom line comes down to the five turnovers and the 31 points."

On the turnovers throughout the game: "The turnovers occurred throughout the game, but there were a clump of them right there where we had three fumbles and the interception. You have to take care of the ball. There's nothing that I can say about that, but it's my responsibility to make sure the guys do it. I take full responsibility and full blame for that."

On whether RB Bryce Brown has been tentative running to contact due his past fumbles: "Very seldom are you going to whiff a guy and have a man right in your face as the ball and defender come together at the same time. That's a tough deal, but you have to hold onto the football. That's not an excuse. You have to make sure you hold onto it. But it all was a joint effort there with that penetration."

On whether RB Bryce Brown has a tendency to bounce runs outside too often: "We have to do a better job of putting him in better positions. I'll take that on the plays that were called."

On the play of QB Nick Foles: "There were some things early that were good. We went into halftime with a lead, but we didn't do well enough in the red zone and I take responsibility for that. Still we were up 13-10 at halftime and we had an opportunity to go down and make some positive points when we crossed the 50-yard-line there, but we weren't able to capture that between the penalties and the turnovers."

On what should have occurred on the short Cincinnati kickoff which resulted in a fumble: "A fair catch."

On the play of the Eagles defensive line: "I thought they did a good job. They obviously gave the quarterback enough pressure and sacks to where he was struggling throwing the ball there for a while. I thought they played hard and aggressive. I didn't think the defense was necessarily the issue as much as the turnovers were."

On whether the Eagle mistakes can be attributed to the youth of the team: "I take responsibility for it. I'm the one who is teaching them along with my coaches. We have to do a better job. My guys have to keep playing hard, and they have to learn from their mistakes and get better. That's where we're at in the season, and we have to do a better job there. We're looking for improvement right now. Tonight, we did okay for a couple of the quarters, and in the other quarters we didn't do very well."

On whether the struggles by Foles with deep passing routes can be attributed to a lack of arm strength: "He's got a real strong arm. You can put his arm up against anybody in this league. You just have to make sure that he's taking time to look people off, and you have to make sure you don't spend too much time doing that. You have to make sure you get your feet around and that you have enough momentum to get your body and legs into the throw."

On whether he will consider reinserting QB Michael Vick as the starting quarterback now that he has passed his independent neurological exam: "I'm going to stick with Nick."

On the progress of RB LeSean McCoy in regard to his recovery from a concussion: "We'll see how he does in the next few days."

On whether he will play McCoy again this season if he passes his independent neurological exam: "I haven't thought about that."

On whether the Eagles have been reckless with their ball handling: "We had a couple of fumbles that took place. Bryce's was contact while getting the ball, but again you have to make sure you learn from that and secure it the best you can with your off-hand. Clay has to keep it covered in traffic. If you're getting hit by three guys, you have to make sure you have the ball."

On whether he will give more playing time to RB Dion Lewis due to the fumbles by Brown: "Dion has played quite a bit the last couple of games. He's had a chance to get in there and play, and we'll keep rotating them."

On whether he believes it is better to remove Brown from the lineup due to his recent fumbles or to continue to play him due to his need for experience: "Looking at his background of not playing much in the past few years, I think it is important that he plays. I know his personality and he wants to make sure he does the right things. That's the way he is. He's not trying to fumble the ball, that's for sure. He has to get better at that."

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