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Game Vs. Packers: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(FB) Leonard Weaver has what looks like a torn ACL. He will have a MRI in the morning. (C) Jamaal Jackson has a torn bicep, and he will also have a MRI in the morning. (MLB Stewart) Bradley and (QB Kevin) Kolb both received concussions."

On the loss: "It was kind of like two different games, and we have to make sure that we play the second one throughout four quarters. I thought our defense started off very strong, and our offense started off very slow. We weren't able to get the things done that we needed, between (Green Bay's) pressure and whatever else might be involved there. I have to make sure that I get that taken care of and give guys a better opportunity to achieve. I was proud of the way the guys finished. It came right down to that last drive, and one more yard and we're still moving that thing, putting it in (the end zone), and playing some overtime."

On the decision to have QB Kevin Kolb and MLB Stewart Bradley return to the game after originally suffering injuries: "They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren't feeling well, so we took them out."

On whether either Kolb or Bradley got hit again after returning to the game: "No."

On how he will proceed with treating the concussions suffered by Kolb and Bradley: "I am going to meet with the doctors and we'll see how it all works out here – how they test out."

On whether he had concerns about reinserting Bradley back in the game after he stumbled off the field originally: "I know our doctors and (Head Athletic Trainer) Rick (Burkholder) were on top of it. They thought he tested out okay on the sideline."

On why the offense struggled behind QB Kevin Kolb in the first half: "I'm going to take the responsibility for this. There were a few different things going on there. It wasn't just the quarterback or the offensive line. It was a combination of things. I'll make sure I go back and fix that."

On why the offense was able to have more production when QB Michael Vick entered the game: "We tried to make a few adjustments and do a couple of different things. (Green Bay) came out and played us in a nickel front most of the game – actually all of the game. We made a few adjustments there, and we were able to move the ball."

On whether Kolb will remain the starting quarterback if he is healthy: "Yes."

On the extent of the torn bicep injury suffered by C Jamaal Jackson: "Normally if it's torn, you're probably out for the year."

On what he will do in terms of a roster move to replace injured FB Leonard Weaver: "I will meet with (General Manager) Howie (Roseman), and we'll talk that through."

On the loss of an emotional leader like Leonard Weaver: "He's a phenomenal guy. He's a phenomenal player, and a phenomenal guy. That was a very ugly looking injury the way I saw it from the sideline. I could tell right away, and I started walking out on the field almost before the play was over, the way it got hyper-extended."

On the decision to attempt a 4th-and-1 running play with Michael Vick on the team's final offensive drive: "We thought it was the right thing to do. I can't sit here and tell you now that it wasn't right, because that was the plan we had and we felt strong about it. It didn't work."

On the decision to run the 4th-and-1 running play from the shotgun formation: "If we make the play like we've done before, then we're not out of this (game). That's something that we worked on, and we thought we could get the first down, whether it was the shotgun (formation) or not."

On whether the team normally practices the running play that Vick attempted on 4th-and-1 from the shotgun formation: "Yes."

On whether there could ever be a scenario in which Michael Vick is elevated to the starting quarterback position without an injury to Kevin Kolb: "I think Michael did a phenomenal job today. He brought the team back, he kept his poise, and he had some big runs, and he made some big throws. I'm happy as heck for Michael. I'm not looking to the future, I'm trying to get (the offense) fixed so that we can win some football games here."

On what he said to Vick after he threw incomplete in the end zone after passing up a running opportunity: "You have to learn from it, forget about it and move on. That's what you do. We still had a lot of game left, and we felt like we were going to get the ball back, which we did. He did what he thought was right, and for a slip second, we almost scored there and we're right back on it, and we score the next time."

On whether Mike McGlynn or Nick Cole will assume the center position if Jackson cannot return: "It looked like Mike actually did a very good job, but I'll have to look at the tape on it because it's too hard to see. But right now, it would be Mike (McGlynn)."

On choosing to use all three timeouts defensively with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter: "That's just what we do there. In hindsight, it still was a good idea. It was the right strategy, but we just didn't get it done at the end."

On only activating seven offensive linemen for the game and what he would have done if another lineman suffered an injury: "I was going to run in (and play). I don't know that. Hopefully it doesn't come down to that. We were short in a couple of spots like the fullback position, but you have to make do. With the numbers the way they are, obviously you can't get everyone (activated) that you need to. That's how it works."

On the decision to activate six cornerbacks and the role he envisioned for CB Jorrick Calvin in the return game: "He was there to (return kicks) and to play special teams. I wasn't sure exactly when or how we would use him during the game. I just needed to get a feel for how (Ellis) Hobbs and DeSean (Jackson) held up in the return game, and both of them were able to make all of the opportunities that they had."

On whether the fact that Stewart Bradley stumbled off the field set off an alarm in relation to the severity of his concussion: "Our doctors and our trainer were on it. The bottom line is we ended up taking him out."

On how QB Kevin Kolb will handle a rough start: "Kevin will be fine. I think we all had a piece of this (loss), and like I mentioned before, I need to make sure that I put all of them in the right position. We missed a couple of throws and we had too much pressure. Actually some of the calls were not the right calls for what we were seeing (defensively). That's my responsibility to make sure we're doing a better job there."

On why TE Brent Celek and WR DeSean Jackson were not factors offensively in the first three quarters of the game: "At the beginning of this game offensively and penalty-wise, things weren't clicking. Whether (Green Bay) had us covered or doubled or pressured, there were a variety of things that were happening there and it just wasn't meshing. The guys needed to battle through it and work it out, and when they did that, good things happened."

On why the offense seemed to look better once Michael Vick entered the game: "It didn't look like there was quite as much pressure. Michael took off and ran a couple of times and had big plays there, but then we had the fumble, so we had a slow down there. It's a matter of everybody doing their job – me included. I thought we made some decent adjustments at halftime from what they were doing. It's my responsibility to make sure we make those sooner rather than later."

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