Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid


Injury Report:** "The three guys that are out are (WR Mardy) Gilyard, (RB Chris) Polk and (G Danny) Watkins. Again, they're making progress. They're not there yet. (RB LeSean) McCoy practiced today as a partial, so he was able to do some things. Feeling better; he had the flu and a little chest cold mixed in with it but he's doing well."

Opening Remarks: "We look forward to the challenge of playing the Dallas Cowboys. I look forward to bringing them into Lincoln Financial Field, which is a tough place to play for opponents in front of our fans. Our goal is to give our fans something to cheer about and we appreciate their support."

On how big of a challenge it is for T Demetress Bell to move back to the left side of the line and line up against Dallas LB DeMarcus Ware: "Well, DeMarcus flops sides, but that's (Bell's) natural side. That's where he's played the most and where he's most comfortable. Listen, any time you have an opportunity to play DeMarcus Ware, you're talking about one of the best defensive ends in the National Football League. So, you've got to be on your 'A'-game. We've got a lot of respect for him."

On how close RB LeSean McCoy is to 100 percent healthy: "He's getting there. He looked pretty good today, actually. He looked okay, but we're just kind of easing him back in. He's still got a little bit of a cough but he's getting there."

On whether McCoy's conditioning is affected at all by missing a few days of practice: "No. You're far enough along in the season. He'll be fine there."

On how much of a challenge Dallas TE Jason Witten will present to the Eagles nickel linebackers: "Again, you're talking about one of the better tight ends in this league. You've got to make sure that you put in the time to study him when you don't have an opportunity to play him or have played him. You study him and then you know what coverages you've got called against him and then you've got to play the right technique."

On whether there is a possibility CB Nnamdi Asomugha will cover Witten: "Well, we'll see. It's a good question. I just can't answer those things right now."

On the confidence he has seen from the offensive line: "They're working their tails off and they know they've got a big assignment this week. So, I'm expecting them to step in and play and do the best possible job they can do. But they've got the right attitude to do it."

On whether he has had to change things up for QB Michael Vick to buy him more time in the pocket: "We'll see. We've got to buy him time no matter what. That's the goal here. Again, I can't answer all of those things other than we'll see how it goes on Sunday with it."

On practice this week: "The guys were upbeat. They were into it. They worked hard."

On whether it is easier to prepare for division opponents due to the familiarity between the teams: "I think both teams know each other and what they're about, although both teams have a couple of additions here and there. Dallas has got their secondary that they've retooled a bit. But, I think scheme-wise, you kind of know each other and now it's important that you go out and you execute."

On whether there were more or different red zone drills during practice this week:"No."

On whether there was a bigger focus on tackling this week in practice: "You guys were out there for that, but the fundamentals that you work on are important in tackling. We worked on that and we've done that for the last few days."

On whether the records of the two teams and importance of this game at this point of the season is unusual: "That's the way, you're thinking optimistically when you come into the season that you wouldn't be 3-5 at this point but we are and now it's important that we work to change that."

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