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Kelce Takes First-Team Reps At Center

Head coach Andy Reid said that Jason Kelce took the first-team reps at center during Saturday's practice as the team worked on specific issues that arose from Thursday's preseason win over the Browns.

The rookie sixth-round pick started for the first time this preseason against the Browns despite splitting reps with Jamaal Jackson since the start of training camp. Jackson started the first two preseason games, but was the second-team center last Thursday.

Who will start Thursday in the preseason finale at the New York Jets? That remains to be seen as Reid said that he will rest certain players, but has not yet determined which ones. Reid said that the second- and third-string players will see action, which was not guaranteed in the previous games.

The Eagles welcomed back wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (illness) and Steve Smith (knee), who had not practiced with the team this year until Saturday. Reid said that the reps were limited, but will be increased on Sunday if there are no setbacks. The Eagles will practice on Sunday, but the schedule will be pushed back due to Hurricane Irene.

Also returning to the field from injury were defensive tackles Antonio Dixon and Trevor Laws, linebacker Greg Lloyd, defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, tackle Fenuki Tupou, safety Jamar Wall and tight end Martellus Webb.

The following players did not practice Saturday: tight end Brent Celek (hip), offensive tackles Ryan Harris (back) and Winston Justice (knee), defensive end Brandon Graham (knee), safety Marlin Jackson (sports hernia) and defensive end Juqua Parker (calf).

Celek had an injection for the hip injury, but Reid said that it's not serious and will return to practice shortly. Harris is scheduled to undergo back surgery on Sunday.

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