While the biggest news of the day was Michael Vick announcing that he will not play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, every Eagles player participated in practice Thursday afternoon as the team prepares for its showdown for first place in the NFC East.
Limited in practice on Thursday for a second straight day were Vick (hamstring), safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) and punter Donnie Jones (left foot).
"I'm just getting better day by day," Chung said. "That's how injuries are. You can't really try to push it, can't force it, just go by day by day and see how much better it gets."
He was adamant that he did not reinjure the shoulder or set back his rehab, just that once he got into the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and started playing physically, he could tell that he "wasn't ready."
"I just have to be patient," said Chung, who missed the Broncos and Giants games. "Sometimes you want to be out there real bad, but sometimes that's not the smartest decision."
Running back Chris Polk, who did not practice Wednesday after injuring his shoulder against the Buccaneers, returned to practice as a limited participant, as well.
"I'm feeling good today," Polk said. "I was out there running in practice. I'm just going to be careful and ease my way into things."
Polk said the shoulder is "still a little sore" and "it's still up in the air" whether he will be able to suit up and play on Sunday.
After not participating at all in practice on Wednesday due to shoulder and finger injuries, left tackle Jason Peters was a full participant on Thursday and appears on track to start Sunday. For the second straight day, James Casey was again a full participant in practice after missing the game against the Buccaneers with a groin injury.
NO PRACTICE FOR DALLAS' AUSTIN, MURRAY OR WARE
Six players missed practice for the Cowboys on Thursday including running back DeMarco Murray (knee), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh).
Austin's absence was surprising given that he was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Murray and Ware incurred their injuries in Sunday's win over Washington. Reports indicated that both players would be out for Sunday's game, but Ware told ESPN Dallas that he will travel to Philadelphia and be a game-time decision.
"It's two times better than what it was," Ware said. "I do have some push. I actually have been running in the weight room. It's feeling pretty good to me personally."
Ware has never missed a game in his nine-year NFL career. His streak of 134 consecutive games played is the longest in the league among NFL defensive ends and the fourth longest among all non-specialists.
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