Journal Register News Service
PHILADELPHIA -- If the Eagles need a wide receiver to run routes that don't require much exertion, Reggie Brown is their guy.
Brown got his work in early at practice Friday on the rain-slicked grass of One NovaCare Way, after which the Eagles listed him as a partial participant and questionable on the injury report.
Questionable is supposed to mean the player has a 50 percent chance of playing in the upcoming game.
In this case, though, Brown hasn't practiced fully for a month. Even with a couple more days to heal for the Monday night game with the Dallas Cowboys, Brown would appear to be a reach.
"That's not known right now," Brown said. "It's day-to-day."
Brown at least looked pain-free in his second straight day of limited practice.
"I didn't do too much," Brown said. "I'm just trying to take it easy and work my way through it and not try to rush myself and have any setbacks right now. Pretty much I'm just getting certain plays so I don't have to strain too much or anything like that."
Each day Brown misses is another day rookie DeSean Jackson entrenches himself as a starting wide receiver. Unless Brown somehow gets healthier and better at the same time, he likely will be no better than the third wide receiver when Kevin Curtis returns, possibly by the end of the month.
Speaking of Curtis (sports hernia), he and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (hand) have been ruled out of the Cowboys game.
The Eagles list defensive tackle Dan Klecko (hand) probable for the Cowboys although he technically was a limited practice participant Friday.
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and Falcons running back Michael Turner are FedEx Air and Ground NFL players of the week, respectively.
McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Eagles to a 38-3 win over the Rams.
Turner rushed for a club-record 220 yards and two TD's to lift the Falcons to a 34-21 success over the Lions.
For obvious reasons, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson declined to divulge his game plan for defending Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens.
Johnson conceded that it's fair to say cornerback Lito Sheppard would play more than the 31 snaps he got in the opener.
Those plays likely will come at the expense of starter Sheldon Brown, who got 34 snaps in the first game, not Asante Samuel, who got 41.
Sheppard played effective man-to-man coverage on T.O. in the last matchup, a 10-6 win for the Eagles at Texas Stadium. The Eagles also mixed up their coverage with linebackers and safeties.
"We double-cover and we cover one-on-one," Johnson said.
The Eagles are mixing it up with their defensive signals.
Transmitting the sets in with the new helmet radio worked surprisingly well in the opener according to coordinator Jim Johnson.
What also worked great was changing the sets with the traditional old hand signals -- long after the play had been radioed in.
"That's part of what we do," Johnson said.
To make it all work, Johnson radios the defense into middle linebacker Stewart Bradley as quickly as possible with an alert caveat; i.e. look for this or look for that.
"So far, I'd have to say I like it," Johnson said. "As far as the communication I don't do too much different. I still make the calls."
NOTES ... The Eagles are aware Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones devalued the 100-yard receiving days of Jackson, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett. "Dude, they played the Rams," is the way Jones' remarks hit the Internet.
If Lewis hadn't noticed, he got the news Friday. "That's interesting," Lewis said. "That's nice. Peace." ... If Brown winds up active for the Cowboys the likely scratch would be tight end Matt Schobel, who barely played in the season opener ... Speaking of Schobel, Hurricane Ike was headed straight for Columbus, Texas, his hometown, before turning eastward. Columbus still can expect some rough weather as it's 73 miles west of Houston ... The forecast for Monday in Dallas is sunny with a high of 76 and a night time low of 56, with 6 mph winds.