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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury Report: "(WR) Jason Avant is out with a hamstring. (WR) Mardy Gilyard is out (hamstring). (RB) Chris Polk is out (toe). (QB) Michael Vick is out (concussion), and Rick will talk to you about that in a minute. (G) Danny Watkins is questionable (ankle). He's been in here working and rotating and doing his thing. We'll see how he does in the next couple of days.

Opening Remarks:"We look forward to playing the Washington Redskins and we know they're a good football team. So, our guys have had a good week of preparation; prepared hard and well. We know we're going into a loud place. We've spent some time in here working with the noise and making sure our young quarterback and a couple of the linemen have an opportunity to be on the same page with the snap count."

On whether he feels G Danny Watkins will be able to play on Sunday: "Well, what you end up getting with the (high-ankle sprain), you get tweaks in there and it hinders your lateral mobility. I was just proud of him for getting out here and going through what he did. He did a nice job with it, so he's making progress and we'll just see how he does here in the next couple of days."

On his plan for the right guard position should Watkins be unable to play: "We'll see. I've got a couple of things in there that I'm working with."

On whether G Jake Scott could play at right guard: "There's a chance, yeah. There's a chance. He worked in part of the rotation. That's a possibility."

On how you replace WR Jason Avant: "Well, we've got four receivers there with (WR) Mardy (Gilyard) out, so they're all going to play. They all have a role. Jason's one of the best in the business as an inside slot receiver, so we could use a couple different people in there and move guys around and do what we need to do."

On how QB Nick Foles handled the silent count during the preseason: "He had experience with it in a game. We used it in Cleveland right away and in New England. He's good with it; feels comfortable. He used it in college so he's familiar with it."

On how your prepare to tackle Washington QB Robert Griffin III as a defensive player: "He's a dynamic player. Very fast, very strong, quick. He's got good judgment that he makes with the football in his hands and when he has the option ability and then when he scrambles. You try to do the best you can working with it. (WR Marvin) McNutt simulated him. He had been a quarterback in high school and when he went to Iowa, he was recruited as a quarterback there and then they switched him to wide receiver. So we used him to simulate just a little bit of RGIII. Until you get out there, you're right. Until you get out there, you're not going to have that full effect until you do it live."

On the emergency quarterback: "Well, I've got a couple. (WR Jeremy) Maclin and (WR) DeSean (Jackson) both can do that."

On what he has seen from Scott to consider starting him after a week with the team: "Well, if you went that direction, you go off of him knowing the offense and the calls and the blocking schemes. And then you go off of his past, his history of play."

On whether Scott is in game-shape: "For what he did out here, it looked like he was. He looks like he's in pretty good shape. We put him through a pretty excessive workout, just in case it came down to where he had to get in and play and he handled that well. You've got to go play. You've got to see if that happens, if he's in the game and playing. I can't tell you unless that would happen."

On whether he has had to scale back the playbook for Foles: "No, he's comfortable with what we've been running. The same things we were doing in training camp and he always had a handful of good plays in. But he's good with that."

On whether Foles is ahead of where most rookies are at this point in the season: "I think as you evaluate that whole rookie class, I think you would probably say that they can handle more than maybe what a rookie could do ten years ago, just because of what they're asked to do at the college level."

On whether there is an adjustment for the players moving from a right-handed quarterback to a left-handed quarterback: "Not really. There's some things that you flop over. But not really."

On how tough it is to see QB Michael Vick going through his injury and not achieve his goal of staying healthy throughout the season: "I know that was one of his goals, was, obviously, not to get hurt and make it through this season. Mike is a very considerate guy. He feels like he lets people down and his teammates down and that's not the case. He's hurt. One of the toughest guys I've been around though. One of the most competitive, toughest guys I've been around. So, he'll get better as we go here. He's just got to get better. That's what he has to do. Just concentrate on that right now. That's the most important thing."

On whether they would consider signing another quarterback if Vick was out for several weeks: "I haven't even gone there. I'm not that far ahead."

On whether being in Philadelphia for a long time has prepared him for years where times are tough: "I don't get caught up in all of that. I worry about right now; what can we control, what can I control and that's getting this football team better. Doing a better job coaching, getting the players better and taking it one day at a time; that's how you go about your job. Anything that you add into that mix is a distraction and you can't afford that in the National Football League."

On whether C Matt Tennant is an option at guard: "Tennant's actually done well. He rotated in too, so he's done all that and done well."

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