With rain steadily falling in South Philadelphia, the Eagles practiced inside the bubble this afternoon. At times, the speakers were blasting as the defense prepared for the raucous Lincoln Financial Field crowd. Joining the team was running back LeSean McCoy, who was a full participant in practice despite his broken rib. McCoy continues to make progress, telling reporters, "day by day I feel a lot better," and that come Sunday, "I'll be ready to roll."
Also returning to practice was guard Todd Herremans. The 6-6, 321-pound offensive lineman sprained his knee against the 49ers last weekend, but was able to finish the game. He was a full participant at practice this afternoon.
After practicing in a limited role yesterday, receiver Riley Cooper was out of practice today on the turf. He is still recovering from a concussion he suffered in Week 4 against Washington. Also sitting out of practice today were defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) and quarterback Michael Vick (rib).
Vick has not practiced since suffering a rib cartilage injury against the Redskins, although the Eagles are not ruling him out for Sunday's game. When asked if he's seen a quarterback start without any practice reps during the week, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said, "Oh yeah, many times."
"Some guys naturally handle it a little bit better," Mornhinweg said Thursday. "Preparation is key when you're not practicing and it's a little more highlighted at the quarterback spot. But once you get some experience going it becomes a little bit more manageable for a quarterback."
While Vick remains an option to play Sunday, the Eagles have ruled out offensive tackle Jason Peters (knee). Peters is the only Eagle officially ruled out for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 4:45 p.m., October 14