Eagles Are Healthy and Ready for Steelers
The Eagles' health improved a bit with word from coach Andy Reid that safety Colt Anderson, tackle King Dunlap and defensive tackle Derek Landri all practiced today and did a decent job, making it through Friday's practice.
All three are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with various injuries, all three should be good to go on Sunday, according to Reid.
Starting WILL linebacker Akeem Jordan has been ruled out with a hamstring issue.
The Steelers will get back a pair of key players on defense this week with James Harrison and Troy Polamalu returning, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick said he expects to see Polamalu move around the field like normal.
“We expect him to move around a little bit," Vick said. "We expect him to play the way he’s played over the last six or seven years, which has made him a Pro Bowler. We’ve just got to account for him; got to keep our eye on him at all times, but at the same time, you know, just try to take advantage of some things that they don’t do as well.”
On defense, the Eagles know they need to be ready for the multi-faceted Steelers offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide-receiver Mike Wallace and the return of running back Rashard Mendenhall.
“It’s hard, especially when you’ve got guys like that out there that are shifty, you’ve just got to read them down and stay on them," said cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. 'Make sure you press and keep your eyes on him because you know they’re going to move with him. We’ve been working on that a little bit in practice; the scramble drill and just staying with him.”
The Eagles know this is an important game for the 1-2 Steelers, a loss puts them in big trouble at 1-3, its virtually a must-win for Pittsburgh.
“When you’re playing in Pittsburgh, I think your approach has to be, whether they’re 0-10 or 10-0, the approach is the same,' Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. "It’s a tough place to play and you know that they’re going to bring their best. It’ll be a physical game. It’ll be a tough game, a fast game, but I think you’re still preparing like you’re playing against one of the best teams because, at home, they are one of the best teams.”
The Eagles know they need to be ready for a tough road game against a team coming off a bye week that should be well rested.
"We’ve got to go through our practice schedule and do what we do and prepare ourselves the way we get ready to play a good football team," Reid stated. "And they’re a good football team.”
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