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Reid: No Practice For Young

The only player who is not scheduled to practice on Wednesday as the Eagles prepare for Sunday's season opener against the Rams is quarterback Vince Young, who injured his right hamstring in the preseason finale last Thursday against the Jets.

Head coach Andy Reid said that Young's hamstring "is getting better" and he is "making great progress." Young is able to run in the pool.

If Young can't play Sunday, Reid said he would be fine with Mike Kafka as his primary backup.

"If that's the case, I would do that," Reid said, who reiterated that he wouldn't have traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals if it wasn't for his trust in Kafka.

WILL WATKINS START?

Reid would not confirm that first-round pick Danny Watkins will start Sunday against the Rams at right guard explaining that sometimes you have to take a small step backward before taking two steps forward.

The Eagles claimed veteran guard Kyle DeVan off waivers from the Colts on Sunday, who has started 25 career games at right guard including playoffs. DeVan played under offensive line coach Howard Mudd in Indianapolis.

Watkins has been the starter at right guard since he signed his rookie contract.

HANSON BACK

Reid said that it was "good to have Jose back" referring to veteran cornerback Joselio Hanson, who was re-signed by the team to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Hanson was released by the Eagles during the final roster reduction on Saturday. To bring Hanson back, the Eagles released second-year cornerback Trevard Lindley. Reid said he wanted to have the veteran presence and the Eagles were able to work him back on to the roster. There was no guarantee that Hanson was ever coming back after he was released, Reid said.

A FULL ARSENAL OF WEAPONS?

Jeremy Maclin has been taking every snap in practice of late and Reid said that all signs point to him being full-go for Sunday's opener, which is in Maclin's hometown. Maclin missed the preseason after undergoing tests for an unknown illness.

DeSean Jackson missed the start of the preseason due to a contract holdout, but Reid said that Jackson "is focused" and has "separated the two" meaning the football side and the business side of football.

Steve Smith is practicing, but Reid would not commit to his availability for the season opener. Smith did not play in the preseason after suffering a knee injury late in 2010. Reid said that he knows Smith wants to play, but wants to see how he handles the week of practice.

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