Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury report: "I don't have any update for you on (G) Shawn (Andrews) other than that his next appointment with the doctor, they are going to keep him out there until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and then they'll evaluate him there and we'll see when he gets back, if they'll allow him. The only one who didn't practice today was (RB) Brian Westbrook. He has a sore ankle and a little bit of swelling in his knee and inflammation in both. It is gradually coming down. We'll see how he does here over the next couple days."

Opening remarks: "We look forward to the challenge of playing the Ravens. They are a very well-coached football team. They have good athletes, explosive athletes on both sides of the football and on special teams. It should be a great afternoon for football."

On Westbrook's status: "I'm doing as much as I can to keep him off the turf when we go inside. He still has some swelling in there and we just want to get that out. Going on the turf doesn't help that."

On whether Westbrook has a decent chance to play:"We'll see how he does tomorrow and in the early part of Sunday and then we'll make that judgment as we get closer."

On playing against Ravens head coach John Harbaugh: "We don't have an opportunity to play. However, you get your team ready the best way you possibly can. You want to obviously show each other that you have prepared your team the best they possibly can be prepared. I think John is doing that and I think we're doing that on our end."

On LB Akeem Jordan: "He is a good football player. He has done well, obviously, on the assignments he has done on special teams. He's a good, solid player."

On whether the defense feeds off of a game where they had a lot of sacks: "Our defensive line and linebackers and secondary is part of that. They have done well with that all year. They had a big day last week against Cincinnati and it will be a big challenge on Sunday against the Ravens. They have a good offensive line. Our guys realize that and they have to gear it up again here."

On whether there is something he can do to help McNabb get off to better starts: "We can all do better. We can all start quicker."

On how the team handled outside distractions this week: "It looks to me like they've focused in and are controlling what they can control. That is practice and getting ready for the Ravens. Anything that you take away from the Ravens, they are way too good of a football team to do that with."

On Baltimore QB Joe Flacco:"He's very poised. He runs the ball better than what you perceive when you look at him. Physically, he's a big guy. You don't perceive him to be able to run the ball like that. He's very similar to (Pittsburgh QB) Ben Roethlisberger in that they're both big men and he can get out and go when he needs to go. He's got great accuracy. I think everybody has talked about how strong his arm is. It's as strong as you need in this league. He has a gun. He's very poised back there and it looks like he's got a great grasp of their offense."

On whether he has any apprehension going into this game after tying Cincinnati last week: "One thing, if you hang on me long enough, is you'll find out there is no apprehension going into any game, brother. We go in and there's nothing held back. We're ready to go and we'll let the chips fall where they may. Everyone's not going to be perfect, but we'll sure try."

On how he plans to use RB Correll Buckhalter at Baltimore: "Correll will have an opportunity to play. We probably could have played him more last week and probably should have. That's my responsibility and he'll get a few more opportunities this week."

On what he sees in Buckhalter that he's kept him on the team for so long: "He's a good football player, I think we all know that. Every time he's had an opportunity to start, he's had big days. Any time he gets in there, he has positive yards—I'm saying majorities here, it's not every time—normally he has positive yards. As good a football player as he is, he's an even better person. He understands his role on this football team and works his tail off and has overcome a lot of things."

On whether he's prepared differently this week, knowing that he has two games in a five-day stretch coming up: "You have to play the game. Next week will be a little different, but this week here, you prepare yourself and get ready for the Ravens. You just can't take anything away from that. The Ravens aren't playing, so we've got to make sure that we focus in as much as they're focusing in on us."

On whether the short week affects how he uses Brian Westbrook:"No, if Brian can go, he's going to go."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Advertising