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Notebook: Injury Update, Vick In Atlanta

Veteran linebacker Akeem Jordan suffered a labral tear in his shoulder against the Rams, head coach Andy Reid announced on Monday afternoon. Reid added that Jordan "will struggle" to practice this week leading up to Sunday night's game in Atlanta, but surgery will not be needed.

Outside of Jordan, the Eagles came out of the game pretty healthy.

Defensive end Juqua Parker had an X-ray performed on his foot and the results were negative. Reid said Parker woke up Monday morning with soreness in his foot, but it should not be an issue. Fellow defensive end Darryl Tapp suffered a pec strain against the Rams and will be listed as day-to-day. Reid did not think it would be a long-term injury.

Quarterback Vince Young, who was inactive against the Rams, was running on Monday and "is making progress," according to Reid.

Reid praised the play of his young players on both offense and defense in Sunday's 31-13 win over St. Louis. On the offensive line, Reid said that rookie center Jason Kelce "played well" despite being asked to do a lot of things in a loud, dome stadium. There were some communication issues early, but it was "clean" in the second half.

The linebackers, Reid said, played "cautious football" at the start of the game. That resulted in Rams running back Steven Jackson's 47-yard touchdown run on St. Louis' first play of the game. Reid joked that the lane for Jackson was big enough for him to get through. But Reid was happy that the running lanes were narrowed as the game progressed. The Eagles started a rookie at middle linebacker in Casey Matthews and a second-year player in Jamar Chaney on the strong side.

Running back LeSean McCoy dazzled with 122 rushing yards and two total touchdowns. McCoy was outstanding in the fourth quarter as he gained 77 total yards in three carries on a drive that ended with his 49-yard touchdown scamper which put the game out of reach at 31-13.

Quarterback Michael Vick will return to Atlanta as a starting quarterback on Sunday night for the first time since he was last with the Falcons in 2006. Vick was the Falcons' top draft pick, and the No. 1 overall, in 2001 and led Atlanta to an NFC title game appearance in the 2004 season. Reid is not concerned about Vick's mindset as long as he does the work needed each day leading up to the game.

"He's played in some big games before," Reid said.

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