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Watkins To Work With Starters

Head coach Andy Reid said that Danny Watkins will take the first-team reps at right guard in practice this week which could be the precursor to a move into the starting lineup this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Reid said that Watkins has been improving on the "small things" with offensive line coach Howard Mudd. Watkins was the starter in training camp and the preseason, but was replaced by Kyle DeVan prior to the season opener. DeVan played under Mudd in Indianapolis and was claimed off waivers after being released by the Colts in the final roster cutdown.

Watkins has battled through three tough transitions, according to Reid. The first was the move from college to the NFL. The second was moving from tackle in college to guard. The third was moving from the left side of the line to the right side.

When DeVan was named the starter, Reid intended for Watkins to take a step back to eventually take a number of steps forward. The other change along the offensive line will be at left tackle where King Dunlap is preparing to start for Jason Peters, who is battling a hamstring strain.

Peters and Trent Cole (calf strain) will not practice on Wednesday. Reid said both players will "struggle" to play this Sunday. Defensive end Juqua Parker (high ankle sprain) will practice as will fellow defensive end Darryl Tapp (pec strain).

Despite the team's 1-3 start, Reid said he's been encouraged by the number of players who have continued to work at the NovaCare Complex in the past two days despite the time off.

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