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Notes: WR Brown Update

Wide receiver Reggie Brown practiced Thursday, but said he was limited in reps and he isn't sure of his status for Monday night's game against Dallas.

Brown has practiced sparingly and hasn't played in a game since injuring his hamstring during the Eagles' second preseason game against Carolina.

"I don't want to have to go out there and tweak it again," Brown said. "So just take your time and get back when you're 100 percent so you can go out there and be effective. And that's what we're doing right now."

Head coach Andy Reid said that Brown is "questionable" at his press conference Thursday. Reid is being cautious with Brown because he doesn't want Brown to have a setback.

"We are just going to see how he does and start him off slow," Reid said. "He went through the walk-through this morning and did that. We'll see how he does. We don't want any setbacks, that's the primary thing."

MEASURING STICK GAME

Both the Eagles and the Cowboys are coming off blowout wins last Sunday, and both bring gaudy numbers and a lot of confidence into this game.

And while leaders like Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins acknowledge the early-season significance of the game, both are quick to point out that it is still only Week 2.

"I think I've been in the league long enough to know that the second game of the season is that, (the second game of the season)," said Dawkins, who has posted an interception in three of the past four meetings with the Cowboys. "You can take a lot of positives from it and you can take a lot of negatives from it, but you can't dwell on it. If we go down and do what we feel like we can do and win that ballgame, that's just that - the second game of the year."

Westbrook, who has racked up 427 scrimmage yards in his last three games against Dallas, said Monday night's game is a good test of where the team is at. He said the game, in no way, is a precursor of things to come - good or bad.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that if you win this game you're going to go on to win a championship, and if you lose it you're not going to make the playoffs. That's not what this game is all about," said Westbrook. "So many things can happen after week two to determine what your team is going to be, what your season is going to be about.

REID'S MEMORIES OF TEXAS STADIUM

Andy Reid offered some food for thought – literally – during his press conference on Thursday in anticipation of Monday night's game with Dallas.

He said he soon discovered how much the Dallas rivalry meant in Philadelphia after he arrived in 1999.

"I found out early. The first time we played them I found out. Believe it or not, I went up to a McDonald's up the street there before the game. I had a little breakfast burrito," Reid said. "There was this 80-year-old lady in there, or somewhere thereabouts. She saw me come in and she got after me. She said, 'Hey, you better kick their … you know.' She looked like your normal grandmother and I went, 'OK, this is the real deal.' "

Believe or not, Reid is going to miss old Texas Stadium, the home of the hated Cowboys since 1971, after they move into their as-yet-unnamed stadium next season.

Barring a playoff matchup, the Eagles will play their final game at Texas Stadium on Monday night.

Reid's 6-3 record in Dallas might have a little bit to do with his fond memories, but other amenities have their grip on Reid's heart.

"We played there somewhere between seven and nine times straight when I was in Green Bay," Reid said. "It got to the point where I knew the guy who fixed the chili dogs up in the box. Honestly. He knew exactly what I liked on the chili dogs."

Reid, who saw the end of Veterans Stadium and led the Eagles into the state-of-the-art Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, said a lot of tradition and history will go with Texas Stadium.

"I have a lot of bad memories there, but I've had some good memories. It has such a great history," Reid said. "Once that thing goes down, you reflect. They've had great football teams and I know personally I have been involved with some great games down there. You hate to see those things go, but on the other hand they're building a 100,000-seat stadium down there and that's pretty exciting for them too, I'm sure."

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