Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid

Injuries: "(DE Victor Abiamiri) Victor's listed as out. (G) Shawn (Andrews), (TE) L.J. (Smith) and (RB) Brian (Westbrook) did not practice today. (QB) Donovan (McNabb) did, and did very well. We have Shawn and L.J. as doubtful, as is (WR) Kevin Curtis."

Opening Remarks: "We look forward to the challenge of playing the Bears. We understand what kind of a football team they are. I've mentioned before that their record means nothing in this game. All three of their games, they've played very well, very aggressive. Offensively, they're a very tough football team. They're going to smash it at you, which they're very good at. And, they've got a very intelligent quarterback who knows what to do with the football. Defensively, (head coach Lovie Smith) Lovie's mixing things up, and done a great job with that; keeping people off balance. They're sharp there. It looks like (RS Devin Hester) Devin's going to play. We've got to do a great job with him, he's a heck of a returner; probably the best in the business right now."

On whether Donovan McNabb can make all the necessary throws right now: "Yes."

On whether McNabb still has any soreness: "He felt good. We'll see how he does here. During the practice, he felt good."

On how he would rate Brian Westbrook's chances of playing on Sunday: "He's getting better every day. We'll see how he does here, over the next couple days. I mentioned before that it's going to go right to the wire there. We'll see how he does."

On whether Westbrook is listed as questionable: "He's is questionable."

On how things work with players like Westbrook who are game time decisions: "You do treatment with him and continue to work with him. We've been in this situation before, with other players. It's one of those things, it's part of the game."

On whether there were certain things that he wanted to see from McNabb in practice: "We made sure he was able to go over some of the new stuff that we've put in. A Friday is a general review of the offense that you've put in, with emphasis on the red zone. You get to hit a little bit of everything, so we made sure he got a chance to see the new things that we had put in before on Wednesday and Thursday. He just had a chance to execute them."

On whether the players are more relaxed having had McNabb at practice today: "They do have a lot of confidence in (QB) Kevin (Kolb), so you don't want to take anything away from Kevin, but Donovan is the number one quarterback and the best in the business at what he does. It's good to have him back in there and going."

On whether McNabb will wear any extra padding on Sunday: "I don't think so. I think he's going to be okay there."

On how important stability is at the quarterback position: "Obviously, it's a very important position. I'm not saying that other positions aren't, but you asked me about that position. It's important to have a good quarterback in the particular type of offense that we run here."

On whether Lovie Smith changes looks in the middle of games: "He's been doing a bunch of things; and doing them very well. I don't think they have to change too much; they have a whole lot in their package right now. A little bit of everything right now; giving you all the different coverages, all the different fronts. We'll see how we do there, it'll be a great challenge for us there."

On what he saw from Kevin Curtis over the week of practice: "He did a nice job. I thought he played very well and every day he got a little bit better. That's what we're looking for there."

On whether he expects to use WR Reggie Brown more this week: "We should be able to, yeah. Reggie should be able to get more reps than what he had last week. I mentioned before, I thought it was important that Reggie came out healthy and that he felt pretty good coming out of (the game vs. Pittsburgh)."

On Bears RB Kevin Jones and whether the Eagles were interested in him in the offseason: "Number one, I think he's a fine football player. I think he's a very good football player. Unfortunately, he had the injury and was coming back off of the injury. Our running back situation was, at that time, solid. Had it not been that way, I would have invited him here. As far as being a quality player and person, I have no problem with that."

On his confidence in Correll Buckhalter: "Buck has a lot of talent and it shows up on gameday. When he get opportunities, Buck steps up and plays very well. And he's done that since his rookie year. It was just a matter of working through the injuries, sometime you come out the back end of that healthy and that's happened with Buck. He's been able to, over the last couple of years here now, stay healthy. He's back and he works so hard at it and he's got a great attitude, all that worked into the equation of keeping him."

On what he'll do with the offense if Brian Westbrook is unable to play on Sunday: "I'm not into the ifs. We've got a lot of good football players here. I never look at ifs. They go over in the trash can."

On how you avoid Devin Hester having a big game: "You have to be very disciplined and yet very aggressive. Sometimes those contradict each other, but that's how you've got to approach it. That guy's a heck of a player. (Bears special teams coordinator) Dave Toub is one of the best in the business at putting him in good positions. The rest of those guys rally around him. It's a nice challenge for our players. You've got to go after him and you've got to do it aggressively, but maintain your techniques, lanes, and so on."

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