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Injury Report: Will Demps Handle Kickoff Returns?

Safety Quintin Demps was one of 11 players who had full participation in Wednesday's practice. The question now is whether he will be the team's kickoff returner for this Saturday's wild card showdown with Dallas.

Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher did not give the green light, instead stating that the decision will be made "right before the game."

"His status is day-to-day," Daisher said. "He's getting better. We don't know if he is going to play this week, but we are evaluating him daily."

If Demps is not the kickoff return man, Daisher said it would be either Jeremy Maclin or Macho Harris.

Demps has returned only six kickoffs all season, but that was due in part to injury and the addition of Ellis Hobbs. In need of a spark in the Week 14 win over the Giants, the Eagles turned to Demps and he delivered a 30-yard kickoff return. On the very next play, DeSean Jackson scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb.

Demps returned the opening kickoff 48 yards the following week against the 49ers and that, too, led to a touchdown. In 2008, Demps was the primary kickoff returner as a rookie and averaged 25.3 yards per return. He delivered a 100-yard touchdown as well.

Of the other 10 players on the injury report, Jackson was not one of them. Jackson injured his groin during last week's loss to Dallas, but returned to the game.

UPDATE:Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo was limited in Wednesday's practice, but is expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday per DallasCowboys.com. Colombo fractured his leg and suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Packers in November.

For the complete Eagles-Cowboys injury report, click here.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:22 p.m., January 6

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