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Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Remarks:"(WR) Jeremy Maclin is out. (T) King Dunlap is out. (WR) Riley Cooper is out. Everybody else practiced today and are ready to go. Looking forward to the challenge of playing the Cardinals. We know they are a good football team. (It will be a) tough environment and our guys have had a good week of practice and are ready to go. We're hopping on a plane here in a little bit as I'm sure some of you are so we've got to go fast and furious here. Time's yours."

On whether Maclin suffered a setback in his recovery from his hip injury:"He didn't really make any improvement from yesterday. We didn't have him do much yesterday and he really didn't make any improvements so we're going to give him the week off here to make sure we get that thing back."

On how much of a loss it is to the offense to not have Maclin playing on Sunday:"He's a good football player. The other guys have practiced and they're ready to go. I've always said that if somebody misses then it's another man's opportunity. I expect the other guys to step up and play well."

On how disappointed Maclin is that he is not playing on Sunday:"No it's not [the situation he wants to be in]. He wants to play but things happen. We just have to take a step back and let him heal up."

On what the receiver situation will be on Sunday:"We're just mixing and matching so depending on what we want to do we've got people moving around a little bit."

On whether T Demetress Bell will be starting in place of Dunlap:"Dunlap is down so yeah it's Bell."

On how confident he is that Bell and C Dallas Reynolds can handle playing a full game on the road:"I've got confidence in them but we've got to go do it. I want to see them go do it. I want to see them step up and play."

On how confident he is that Bell will play well:"Well he's been there. He's played before so this isn't, as they say, his first rodeo. I expect him to go in and play, that's what I expect him to do. I think he expects that out of himself."

On whether he thinks Maclin's injury will linger beyond this week:"We'll see. I think he's going to be alright but we'll see. He's getting treatment and doing all those things. He's staying back to get treatment and we'll see how he does."

On whether WR Riley Cooper will have the chance to play next Sunday:"Yeah there's a chance. He practiced this week so he got good work in. It was non-contact where he wasn't being banged around or asked to block anybody or anything but he feels pretty good. We'll see how it works out. We'll get an X-ray of it next week and make sure everything is settled. If he can go, he'll go and if not then we'll hold him back for a week."

On how it benefits the team to have played the Cardinals last year:"Well they did a good job against us last year. Then they've done a good job this year. They're a good defense and so we've got to make sure we play well. Bottom line [is that] you've got to come out and execute. They roll things. Their coordinator does a good job of rolling things, coverages, blitzes and so on. We've got to make sure we secure things up and play well. Offensively, they're efficient offensively. That's what they do. They don't make mistakes. You have to make sure you take care and play good defense."

On what LB DeMeco Ryans has brought to the team:"He gives you all of the intangibles. That he brought in right away. It was just a matter of him learning the defense and understanding that you're dealing with a really smart guy. It takes a little bit of time but he gives you all of the leadership, all the locker room stuff, on the field communication, and all of the things you expect from a Pro Bowl and veteran player."

On how to keep the team focused when traveling to different time zones:"We tell them to close their eyes on the plane and wake up and pretend it's a new place they're in and we're on schedule. Listen, they do enough traveling. These guys move around in the offseason to know how things go. We try to keep the schedules as much as we can the same with the three hour change."

On what the offense will do to help WR DeSean Jackson get open without Maclin on the field:"I think whether if Jeremy were there or not that they will be concerned about DeSean as most teams are. I expect the other guys to do their jobs and to do it well and step up. We'll see how it all goes."

On who is going to be the team's number two receiver opposite Jackson:"We've got a variety of them. It depends on what we're doing."

On whether WR Damaris Johnson will handle a lighter load as punt returner if he takes more reps at receiver:"I don't think so."

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