In his final press conference of the 2011 training camp, head coach Andy Reid previewed the team's upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and provided an injury update.
The following players will be inactive for Thursday night's nationally televised games: wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (illness), wide receiver Steve Smith (knee), offensive tackle Winston Justice (knee), offensive tackle Ryan Harris (back), offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou (knee), defensive tackle Mike Patterson, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (knee), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hip flexor), defensive end Brandon Graham (knee), defensive end Juqua Parker (calf), linebacker Greg Lloyd (high ankle sprain), safety Marlin Jackson (sports hernia) and cornerback Jamar Wall (hamstring).
Reid said that the starters will play the first half, while the second and third teams will be rotated in accordingly, likely receiving about a quarter's worth of playing time each. Included in that starting unit will be King Dunlap at right tackle and Jamaal Jackson at center. Jackson has been jostling for position as the starting center with rookie Jason Kelce, while Dunlap gets his shot at right tackle with Harris out.
Reid said the opportunity to play in a hostile road environment against a Super Bowl-caliber team will be good preparation for the season ahead.
"It allows you to get good work against the best," Reid said.
Reid called the past few weeks of camp demanding but unique, and said that the Eagles have progressed almost to their usual point by the end of training camp.
"We have a lot of new faces here," Reid said. "Good, hard aggressive work has a tendency to bring people together and I think it checks all the egos at the door and allows you to jell as a team."
Reid said that there is no news yet on Maclin's condition, but added that a report could come "possibly today."
The Eagles will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on Thursday night in a nationally televised game at 8:00 p.m.