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After Vince Young's epic game game winning drive against the Giants it was inevitable, despite his overall pretty poor showing, that some reporters would ask Andy Reid whether he was still committed to Michael Vick as his starting QB when Vick returns from injury. The coach quickly brushed off the questions and made it clear that Vick was still his #1, but said that he was confident that Young could get the job done.
"Well, I felt that way going in. I don't have a long history with Vince, and I felt confident that he would be able to be successful, knock a little of the rust off, get kind of caught up with the game speed and then be okay, and then I also have confidence in [QB] Mike Kafka. So that allows us to do that, although that's what we normally do anyway. We're not going to put a guy out there if he can't play."
On the injury front he said that Vick was improving but is still sore and if there were a game today, he wouldn't be ready to go. However, the coach says they'll keep monitoring him with an eye toward him hopefully practicing on Monday.
Reid was also asked if they did anything different this week that might explain the difference in their fourth quarter performance this week as opposed to the rest of the year?
"Well listen, they know. These are smart guys, so they know that we've struggled in the fourth quarter. There's not a lot you have to say. It's just important that you maintain your energy through it, and that you don't put so much emphasis on it that you start doing things crazy as far as penalties and turnovers, and so on, and that the coaches, they give the players the calls and they know they can execute."
DeSean Jackson picked up a foot injury when a Giants players stepped on him at some point during the touchdown to Riley Cooper. He was seen leaving the stadium in a boot, but Reid said that it's nothing serious.
"I don't think so. It's sore today, but it's not a Lisfranc or one of those things. It got stepped on. It's tender. He came in early this morning and got treatment, so we'll see how he does."
For one night, the Philadelphia Eagles' fourth-quarter struggles abated. And all it took was Vince Young filling in for Michael Vick and the much-maligned Eagles defense coming through against comeback king Eli Manning.
Young led the game-winning touchdown drive with less than three minutes to go, Jason Babin forced a Manning fumble that scuttled the Giants' attempt to send the game to overtime, and LeSean McCoy salted it all away with a 60-yard run to kill the clock.
Young threw for 258 yards and one touchdown pass, and leaned on Riley Cooper, who made his first catch of the season in a five-catch, 75-yard, one-touchdown performance, to do it. McCoy tallied 113 rushing yards on the night.
Manning threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in the loss, and had thrown a game-tying touchdown pass to Victor Cruz earlier in the fourth quarter. But his fumble was his second turnover of the night, and ended up being fatal to the Giants' chances.
The victory moves Philadelphia to 4-6 on the year, and keeps faint playoff hopes alive. The Giants fell to 6-4 with the loss, and are tied for the NFC East lead with the Dallas Cowboys.
Manning led New York on its first touchdown drive of the night early in the fourth quarter, finding Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz for a bomb and a touchdown pass, respectively, and tying the game up with less than a quarter of play to go.
Manning has thrown for just 184 yards on the night, and has only completed 14 passes, but he's pretty clearly the Giants' best chance of pulling this game out and keeping first place in the NFC East. The Eagles' defense has done a number on New York's running game, limiting Brandon Jacobs, Da'Rel Scott, and D.J. Ware to 29 yards on 17 carries.
The Eagles and Giants were locked in a pretty ugly defensive battle for the majority of the first half, but a big play from DeSean Jackson and some revenge from Steve Smith have opened things up and given Philadelphia a 10-0 lead at halftime.
Giants fans no doubt felt like they had dejavu when punter Steve Weatherford hit a low line drive kick straight to DeSean Jackson who returned the punt 51 yards to the Giants 14 yard line. Later replays actually looked as if Jackson was not out of bounds where he was called, but the point was made moot when Vince Young hit former Giant Steve Smith for a 14 yard TD on the next play.
Smith was lustily booed by Giants fans at the start of the game. He became a major public enemy in New York when he signed with the Eagles in the offseason to the shock of Giants fans and coaches who thought he would return. Smith has struggled through a mostly inactive and unproductive season to this point, so it had to be a big moment to finally get his first TD as an Eagle against the Giants. Smith was one of the goats of the first meeting between these two when he let a Michael Vick pass in the red zone go right off his hands and into those of Aaron Ross.
The Giants were able to tack on a field goal before the end of the half to make the score 10-3. The craziest hit of the game came right before that FG when Cullen Jenkins did the following to Giants RB D.J. Ware...
DeSean Jackson is well-known for his flamboyance on the football field. But his emotional play has rarely backfired on the dynamic Cal product and his Eagles as badly as it did in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the Giants.
Jackson incurred a personal foul for taunting, cancelling out a penalty on the Giants for illegal contact, and wiped out a long reception from Vince Young, which would have served as an escape from the shadow of their own goalposts and been Philly's longest play of the night.
On the bright side, Jackson did do his taunting in amusing fashion, flipping the ball at a Giants assistant coach in his typically insouciant manner and brushing himself off as he backpedaled his way back into the field of play.
If Jackson does anything particularly well, it is play the showman.
The Philadelphia Eagles are already without Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin in their critical Sunday night match-up with the New York Giants. Briefly, it appeared that they would be without DeSean Jackson for the rest of the night, too.
Jackson made a 32-yard catch to set the Eagles up in Giants territory, but came down hard and left the field. NBC's Michele Tafoya reported that Jackson had been taken to the locker room for further examination of his right knee, and that his return was questionable.
But Jackson returned midway through the second quarter, with Al Michaels telling the NBC audience that he had been evaluated for a concussion and, obviously, cleared. And Jackson immediately made a massive catch to get Philly out from the shadow of its own goalposts, then promptly nullified it with a penalty for taunting.
So, yes, DeSean Jackson appears to be just fine.
The Eagles are already down one starting WR with Jeremy Maclin out and at least for the moment it appears as though they've lost the other. Jackson has been taken to the locker room for "further evaluation" on his right knee. Jackson was hurt after making a nice first down catch on a low throw from Vince Young. Jackson dove the for the ball and appeared to have his knee bounce off the turf.
He immediately took off his helmet and signaled for the trainers. They looked at his knee for a bit on the sidelines before deciding to take him into the locker room. The good news is that he was jogging on his way to the locker room and didn't have a noticeable limp. Jackson had two catches for 39 yards in the first two quarters.
His absence leaves the Eagles WR corps very thin. Jason Avant, Steve Smith & Riley Cooper are currently all they've got. Chad Hall can also line up in the slot if needed, but obviously the options are very limited.
[Update by JasonB, 11/20/11 9:27 PM EST ] DeSean Jackson is back in the game. He did not miss a series.
Vince Young found DeSean Jackson on a 32-yard pass and LeSean McCoy broke a 13-yard run on a drive that ended with an Alex Henery field goal to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead over the Giants in the second quarter.
And Philly may be without Jackson for the rest of the night, too. Jackson went to the locker room with what was reportedly a right knee injury, and his return is questionable.
The Giants also released their inactives for the game:
Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley, Henry Hynoski, Mitch Petrus, Dwyane Hendricks and James Brewer are all inactive for tonight's game. Brandon Jacobs will take Bradshaw's spot at running back in the starting lineup.
The Eagles can take hope in Jacobs starting the game as he has only rushed for 3.2 yards per carry this season. LeSean McCoy has the potential for a big night as the Eagles might stay with the ground game to prevent Young from making many mistakes in the passing game.
Brent Celek has a seen a resurgence in recent weeks and could very well be looking at his best game of the season tonight for a few reasons. Most obviously is the fact that Michael Vick is out. So Vince Young, the backup, starts and backups always like to rely on safe throws to backs and tight ends. So expect Celek to get plenty of targets tonight.
Also helping will be the fact that the Giants have struggled against tight ends recently and could be even worse with Michael Boley likely out tonight. New York has actually given up the fifth most fantasy points to TEs over the past five weeks.
"I feel confidence with the o-line, [TE] Brent Celek out there running, definitely DeSean Jackson, the running backs with Ronnie Brown and Dion Lewis," said Young. "We have a lot of talented guys, and getting those guys out of the huddle is the biggest thing. It's about getting guys in the right places and let them use their talent and what we brought them in for. We have a lot of guys who can make a lot of plays for us."
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin has been officially ruled out for Sunday night's game against the New York Giants with a shoulder and hamstring injury.
Maclin was banged up last week in the Eagles crushing defeat to the Arizona Cardinals. The 23 year-old wideout has hauled in 46 balls this season for 612 yards and four touchdowns, including a dominant week two performance against the Falcons with 13 receptions, 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Already without quarterback Michael Vick, the Eagles will have to rely more on DeSean Jackson, who was a late scratch from last week's loss because he missed a team meeting on Saturday. Riley Cooper, Jason Avant and Steve Smith will also need to step up in Maclin's absence.
-- For more on the Eagles and Jeremy Maclin check out Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, according to Adam Schefter.
Despite earlier reports that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had been ruled out of Sunday's game against the New York Giants, coach Andy Reid would not dismiss the possibility that the Pro Bowler could return this week.
Vick has not practiced yet this week due to broken ribs, but Reid said he would check with team doctors later in the week to determine Vick's availability.
"We keep an open communication, that's how we do it. So, that's how we'll go. I know he wants to play, and I understand that, so that's what he's shooting for. I think we've got to make sure we check with the docs, and Rick, and see how things go," Reid said.
Reid said Vick has shown improvement through the week, and even felt better from Wednesday to Thursday.
"He's feeling a little bit better. I'm not going to tell you he's feeling great, but he's feeling a little bit better," said Reid.
Speaking at his usual Friday press conference today, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Jeremy Maclin missed practice for the third straight day, but he is not ruling out the teams' leading WR for this Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Reid says that Maclin is "improving every day" and if his shoulder feels better on Sunday, he'll play.
"Really, it's the shoulder is actually the thing I told you I thought was a little more serious than the hamstring," Reid told reporters. "He ran today, it's just a matter of him feeling comfortable running. He's made improvement with that, and we'll just see how he does here the next couple days. If he doesn't go, [WR] Riley [Cooper] jumps in and plays."
Reid also said that Michael Vick will be listed as questionable and has not yet been ruled out, contrary to earlier reports. The only players ruled out for this weekend are OL King Dunlap and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Dunlap was filling in for starter Evan Mathis, who will return this week, while DRC will be replaced by Joselio Hanson.
-- For more on the Philadelphia Eagles check out Bleeding Green Nation.
The postseason doesn't begin for months, but for the Eagles, the playoffs will essentially kick off this Sunday, when the Giants play host to a potential season-ruining divisional matchup. Here's a preview of the Week 11 showdown.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has reportedly been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the New York Giants with broken ribs. Vince Young will start in his place.
The 3-6 Eagles are currently four-point underdogs on the road against the division-leading New York Giants. Quarterback Michael Vick's status is still uncertain as he nurses broken ribs.
"He didn't do anything in the walkthrough, but he is another player who is doing everything possible. He's typically, in past history, been a quick healer. So we'll see on him as well," said Mornhinweg.
Maclin suffered hamstring and shoulder injuries during Philadelphia's loss to Arizona. He briefly left the game during the first half after taking a hit to the shoulder, then left the game permanently after hurting his hamstring in the fourth quarter.
Mornhinweg said Riley Cooper has taken Maclin's reps during the receiver's absence, but the team will rely on a number of players to step up if Maclin misses Sunday's game.
"[WR] Riley Cooper has taken all the reps there. We'll use everybody: Steve Smith, Jason Avant, and Chad Hall is on the roster now. There is a possibility that he may be up but we don't know that yet," said the coordinator.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called Michael Vick "day-to-day" on Thursday and said he was "optimistic" the quarterback would play Sunday night against the New York Giants.
"Yeah, he's a tough man and I'm always optimistic with him," Mornhinweg said of Vick, who has broken ribs. "He's doing everything possible to get ready for the next game both in the training room as well as in the classroom."
The coordinator wasn't sure Vick would practice Thursday, though.
"This afternoon, I don't know that. Mike is day-to-day, so we'll see how he feels. I talked to him briefly a few minutes ago but it wasn't about that, it was about his preparation," he said.
If Vick doesn't play, Vince Young could earn his first start of the season. Mornhinweg said Young has grown quite a bit since the beginning of the season.
"In leaps and bounds. He came in without any type of offseason at all and with a little bit shorter camp. He's been working hard both on and off the field and in the classroom. [Quarterbacks coach] Doug Pederson has been doing a great job and has great confidence in Vince. I think he'll play well," he said.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will not participate in Wednesday's practice, coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.
Michael Vick suffered broken ribs in Week 10 against the Cardinals. He appears unlikely to play this week, but his status for next week has not been decided.
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