"Today we had too many dropped balls on the offensive side but we'll work on that and get better at that. When you get a little tired your concentration goes down. You have to really focus in on the football at that time."
-- Head coach Andy Reid
"I doubt very seriously that when the time comes to retire, that I will come back because I would have exhausted everything in this tank. The tread on the tires will be falling off. To come back with a spare tire on is not a good thing."
-- Safety Brian Dawkins
Running back Brian Westbrook not only returned to practice but ripped off a scoring run so explosive everyone seemed stuck in place. Fresh legs, it seems, as he missed almost all of the previous two days due to a viral illness.
Noticing the, uh, less lively legs of several other players in camp, Reid said he would go easy on them the next three days. The Birds open the preseason Friday at Pittsburgh.,
Cornerback Lito Sheppard (strained groin) missed another practice, as did CB Asante Samuel (strained hamstring). Rookie S Quintin Demps exited with a sore Achilles' tendon. With just one full practice under his belt, Samuel still hasn't been ruled out of playing in the preseason opener, according to Reid.
Defensive end Victor Abiamiri, OT Franklin Dunbar and DT Kimo von Oelhoffen all missed practice.
Turkey Hill Dairy again will donate $1,000 for every Dawkins interception and $10,000 for every touchdown he scores this season to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Also, for every Touchdown Sundae ice cream product sold, five cents goes to Eagles Youth Partnership.
Practice today: 8:15 a.m., 2 p.m. (special teams).
Autographs: Military Day, no signings. Updates: 215-320-5160.