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Game Vs. Panthers: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(WR) Reggie Brown has a strained hamstring, and he'll have an MRI in the morning. It happened on the first play. (CB) Asante Samuel's hamstring tightened up during the rain delay, so I took him out just as a precautionary measure. (G) Mike Gibson has a little bit of a shoulder sprain."

On the win: "It was a game of two halves. The first half, I thought our defense played pretty solid football, but offensively, we obviously had too many drops. You can't drop that many footballs in the game and expect to move the ball consistently. It was great work for us (playing) in the rain with a wet football, and that will pay off for us later in the year. We have to cut down on the penalties. It's good that they're happening now, so that we can get them corrected and worked on so that they don't happen during the season. I thought (RB) Tony Hunt played well particularly in the fourth quarter, in a lot of different areas – both special teams and on offense. (LB) Justin Roland, what a great play he made there at the end to seal the game. It was good to win the game, but there is a lot that we can take from it and work on."

On whether it was a tough decision to put the starters back on the field following the long weather delay: "I went around and saw how guys were feeling. You have to treat it like coming out of halftime. I know it was longer (than a normal halftime), but they gave us a little time to warm-up and get going. It was a good test."

On the fake field goal attempt which resulted in an interception: "That was a pretty poor coaching job on my part. I shouldn't have done that. That's alright, we did it, and it didn't work obviously. That's my responsibility and my fault."

On the play of rookie WR DeSean Jackson: "I thought he did some good things. It looked like he got a little bit tired. He banged up his leg and fell on his knee, but he bounced back which was a good thing. He was a little sore, but he pulled himself back and worked his way through it, and it worked out for him. He didn't make the injury list. I thought he caught the ball okay. He had a couple of drops in there that we need to make sure we take care of."

On the first game in Philadelphia for free agent CB Asante Samuel: "He was fired up to play. It was his first opportunity to play here at Lincoln Financial Field, so he wanted to do well. He was close to an interception. (CB) Lito Sheppard came back and had an interception; (CB) Sheldon Brown had some nice plays. It's a good situation there."

On whether dropped balls have hurt the Eagles in past seasons: "I just remember tonight, I don't remember a lot of dropped passes in the past. I think we catch the ball pretty good, and I don't remember it being a problem in the past. Tonight it was a problem. I don't remember it being a problem in the past."

On what is causing problems for RB Lorenzo Booker in the kickoff return game: "I don't know that to tell you the truth, I have to take a peak (at the film). I know that he dropped the ball, and you can't do that. That's where you have to start, and once you do that, you have to work to get yourself into position to catch it. It's just a matter of experience, because he hasn't done this before. He's working through it."

On whether S Quintin Demps will get more kickoff return opportunities with the first unit: "Yeah, Demps will probably get a few more shots."

On the play of the Eagle special teams: "There are some good things, and there are some bad things. Our coverage teams were a lot better tonight. I thought our return teams were not as solid. I'll take the blame for the fake (field goal). We'll always stay aggressive there, and that's my responsibility."

On the play of QB Donovan McNabb: "We had a lot of dropped balls that I thought were on target. I thought it was good for him to work in the conditions that he was in. He did some good things in those conditions."

On the play of rookie LB Joe Mays: "Joe has a knack for getting to the football. It's just a matter of learning the defense and having a grasp of it at the middle linebacker position where you're in charge of everything. He just has to continue to learn. He's got the right attitude, and he has a knack for making plays."

On the blocking of rookie WR DeSean Jackson: "He did okay. He was normally away from the area where he had to block. We have to keep working on that."

On the play of G/T Todd Herremans against Carolina Pro Bowl DE Julius Peppers: "I thought he did a good job. I didn't notice Peppers much. We helped (Herremans). We chipped (Peppers) early and Todd obviously had a handful of plays where he was by himself with (Peppers). It looked like he did okay."

On the progress of S Brian Dawkins: "He's getting there. He'll be alright. He knows what he needs to do to get himself ready for the season."

On the play of the offensive line: "I thought the protection was good, and really I was happy with the running game for the most part. I pulled (RB) Brian Westbrook out of there early and gave the other guys a chance to run with it. I thought we had too many drops and penalties. Those were the two things if you want to pick something off of the offense that hurt us."

On the experience gained by G Max Jean-Gilles: "It's good for him because he was covered. Last week (against Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense) he was uncovered, and this week he was covered. He needs that work, and he'll be better for it."

On whether G Shawn Andrews will be at practice on Saturday: "There's a good chance that he'll be there."

On how he approached the long weather delay: "We went over a few things and treated it a lot like halftime."

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