Head coach Andy Reid said that the removal of Jamaal Jackson from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Sunday morning was an example that he remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from last year's ACL injury. And not only was Jackson on the field, but guard Todd Herremans was removed from the PUP list as well with his foot injury.
"They progressed far enough and the doctors gave them (clearance)," Reid said. "(Head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) thought they were ready to start it up and, again, we're going to take it easy and gradually work them back in."
The two participated and went through individual drills and group installment, but nothing that involved contact. While happy to see two-fifths of his starting offensive line back on the field, Reid explained that the team is going to continue to closely monitor the two.
"We're one day into it. We're one practice into it. And it was a quarter of practice," Reid said.
Nick Cole remained sidelined with the knee injury that kept him out of Friday night's preseason opener. Reid said that Cole could see some work this afternoon in the 10-10-10 practice. Mike McGlynn started at center on Friday night and after reviewing the tape Reid came away impressed.
"He played very well in both the run and pass game. He took control of the huddle and the calls up front and the shotgun snaps were accurate," Reid said. "All in all, it was a good game. He needs to play more. He's got plenty of room for improvement, but for his first time out that was a pretty good day."
However, Reid reiterated that when Cole is healthy he is the starter at center until Jackson returns. Will Jackson suit up for the regular season opener on Sept. 12th against Green Bay? It's too early to tell, according to Reid.
As for Herremans, while Reid would love to see him play in at least one preseason game, last year we saw Herremans miss the first five games of the season and jump right back into the action.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:50 a.m., August 15