Eagles rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin said he thinks he can run and cut as well as he ever did, as Maclin recovers from a plantar fascia tear that kept him out of last Sunday's win over San Francisco.

Maclin, absent since early in the Giants game the week before, said today he assumes he will resume his starting role this Sunday against the Broncos. The injury started out as plantar faciitis and developed into a tear, but Maclin said he  doesn't worry about making it worse.

"It's already torn now. It is what it is," Maclin said. "Each person's different, depending on how they respond to it. It's not bad at all; obviously, there's something there, but if you can deal with it, you can deal with it."

Maclin said he's spending a lot of time in the training room, stretching his foot.

In other Christmas Eve Eagles news, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott discussed the way he continues to shuffle pieces, 14 games into the season.

"You do want to have continuity and consistency, however, the best 11 are going to play," said McDermott, who last week benched strongside linebacker Chris Gocong in favor of rookie Moise Fokou. "I'm not into allowing guys to just sit here and rest on their laurels, so to speak. I want the best 11 playing in every situation on every down, and competiton is a good thing."

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Brian Westbrook "was motoring" in practice Wednesday. Westbrook also is scheduled to return this week, from his second concussion.

Best Holiday wishes from Eagletarian Central.