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Reid: Hobbs, Dunlap To Practice In Limited Role

Head coach Andy Reid said that while free safety Nate Allen and guard Max Jean-Gilles are each making progress with their respective injuries, neither player will take part in Thursday's practice.

Allen left Sunday's win over the Colts with a neck sprain. Jean-Gilles suffered a concussion during that game. Reid added that Jean-Gilles has not passed any of the neurological tests and has not yet visited with an independent doctor.

However, cornerback Ellis Hobbs and offensive tackle King Dunlap will take part in practice, but probably only scout-team reps. Hobbs visited with a back specialist and Reid said that there is no nerve damage in his back. Hobbs is still recovering from the hip flexor injury that kept him out of Sunday's game. Dunlap missed last week's game with a bone bruise in his knee.

Reid said that he wants to see what Hobbs and Dunlap can do. Hobbs could play on Monday night, but Reid said that "it would be a stretch."

With Allen also likely out for Monday night's game, rookie Kurt Coleman would make his first career start. Coleman replaced Allen in the lineup on Sunday. The Eagles signed Colt Anderson from the Vikings practice squad for depth purposes. Reid said that the Eagles liked Anderson when he was at Montana.

"I think you're looking at a good solid player, a good special teams player," Reid said.

Anderson played in Leslie Frazier's defense in Minnesota. Frazier is a disciple of the late Jim Johnson, so the terminology is somewhat similar to what the Eagles do now. Reid said that the Eagles have some flexibility regarding the safety position for Monday night. One of the players Reid mentioned was rookie Keenan Clayton, who played in his first career game last Sunday. While Clayton primarily plays linebacker, he did play a little safety in the Colts game.

"He did a pretty good job in the game," Reid said of Clayton's performance. "It didn't look like it was too big or too fast for him."

The Eagles released running back Joique Bell on Wednesday to make room for Anderson. Bell was claimed off waivers by the Colts. The Eagles had an opening on the practice squad and filled that spot on Thursday with tight end Cornelius Ingram, a 2009 fifth-round draft pick who battled a knee injury that began during his college days at Florida. Reid said that Ingram stayed in the Philadelphia area after he was released following this year's training camp to work out. Ingram has had tryouts for other teams since his release. The Eagles hope that the time passed will allow Ingram's knee to get to the point where he can play at a high level again.

"I've just seen him in a walkthrough," Reid said of Ingram. "We'll see how he does here."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:08 p.m., November 11

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