When the season started, to find where Mike McGlynn fit in, you just about needed to analyze the Eagles' depth chart with an electron microscope.
The top sub at guard was Max Jean-Gilles. The next was backup center Nick Cole. And then, a small step above the guys on the practice squad was McGlynn, the fourth-round rookie from Pitt.
But calendar pages have turned. Original starting right guard Shawn Andrews and his red fro-hawk haven't been sighted on the field since Week 2. Jean-Gilles' right foot is in a big brace-cast contraption, since he broke his ankle Nov. 27; it will be 6 months or so before he can practice again, Jean-Gilles said yesterday. So Cole is your starting right guard now, and on Thursday, left guard Todd Herremans, already laboring with a shoulder injury, sprained his ankle in practice.
That brings us to McGlynn, who got his first 15 NFL snaps in a mopup role at the end of the Eagles-Browns game Monday night. He could be your starter against the Redskins Sunday (though linemates said they thought Herremans would play). Eagles coach Andy Reid listed Herremans as "questionable" Friday. Herremans, who did not practice, was not available for comment.
McGlynn was, though. Given that Herremans can't be very close to 100 percent Sunday, there sure seems to be a good chance McGlynn will get on the field here or there.
"Looking at the beginning of the season, I'm pretty deep on the depth chart," McGlynn said. "But injuries happen.You've got to be sure to make the best of the opportunity you get."
"Pretty exciting, about this weekend," said McGlynn, 6-4, 311, who looks a little like Kevin on "The Office" and who contends he does not know why he has carried the nickname "the Big Greasy" since high school, in Austintown, Ohio. "It's been a grind, staying up, staying focused, realizing that injuries happen and your day could come."
"I know what's riding on this game, and I want to get to the playoffs as much as anybody else."
Center Jamaal Jackson noted McGlynn's versatility -- he plays all three o-line positions -- and said he brings "enthusiasm."
"We always mess with him," Jackson said. "Coach (Juan Castillo) will ask him a question in a meeting you can see his face light up like the Kool-Aid man. We've got confidence in him, if Todd can't go."
Reid held RB Brian Westbrook out of Friday's indoor workout, but Westbrook should be fine for Sunday. WR Hank Baskett (knee) is out and WR Kevin Curtis (calf) is doubtful, so Reggie Brown will get back on the field and seems in line to start.
When your Eagletarian fulfilled Reggie's Thursday request by asking Reid why Reggie has been inactive the past two games, Reid's response was, "Thanks for that."