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Jean-Gilles Confident About Chances To Play

Despite suffering a concussion last week against the Indianapolis Colts, signs are looking positive that right guard Max Jean-Gilles might return to his starting role this Monday night against the Washington Redskins. Jean-Gilles practiced Saturday for the first time this week after getting cleared by both the team doctor and an independent neurologist.

"I feel back to where I was, I feel normal," Jean-Gilles said following practice. "My chances (of playing) are likely pretty high."

Head coach Andy Reid said Jean-Gilles will be a gameday decision. If Jean-Gilles is unable to play, it will likely be Nick Cole at right guard. Cole entered the season as the starting right guard, but has been hampered by knee inflammation. While Jean-Gilles practiced with the starting offense on Saturday, Cole rested his knee.

As for Jean-Gilles' speedy recovery from the concussion, he says he started feeling "normal" early in the week. Jean-Gilles suffered the concussion on an extra point in the first half of the Colts game and experienced drowsiness and blurred vision. It was the first concussion of his career.

Is he at all worried about returning to the field so shortly after the injury?

"I feel pretty confident," Jean-Gilles said. "If I feel pretty good then I'm going to play."

Jean-Gilles also said he wouldn't want to miss an NFC East game.

"It's the NFC East baby," Jean-Gilles said. "It's going to be a three-round, slug it out, run the ball, stop the run, defend the pass, throw the ball game."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:04 p.m., November 13

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