No Maclin or BWest; LB Shuffles Continue
As expected, Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Brian Westbrook will not play Sunday against San Francisco.
Maclin tore the plantar fascia in his foot against the Giants and has not practiced all week.
Westbrook was listed as a limited participant Friday for the third consecutive day, and he continues to work with the scout team in hopes of returning from his two concussions. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Westbrook will undergo neurological testing again early next week in hopes of playing Dec. 27, against Denver.
Reid said Westbrook "actually feels very good" but did not have medical clearance to play this week. "We'll see about this next week," Reid said.
Tight end Brent Celek was listed as questionable for Sunday and was a limited participant in practice with his back injury, but both Reid and Celek said he will play.
A slew of Eagles are listed as probable: DE Victor Abiamiri (knee), WR Jason Avant (hamstring), C Nick Cole (knee), DE Trent Cole (hamstring), WR Kevin Curtis (knee), LB Akeem Jordan (knee), DT Mike Patterson (wrist), RB Leonard Weaver (hamstring)
With Maclin out, Curtis is expected to return. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the Eagles had a specific role for Curtis in the game plan and he expected him to be effective when called up. Curtis has not played since Week 2.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has shown himself much more willing to shuffle around starters than was his distinguished predecessor, the late Jim Johnson. Reid confirmed that rookie Moise Fokou will see some action this week at Chris Gocong's strongside spot. Fokou said his brief is to wrangle tight end Vernon Davis, a friend and fellow former Maryland Terrapin.
"I'll gladly take the opportunity," said Fokou, who replaced Gocong Nov. 8 vs. Dallas when Gocong was sidelined with a quad injury. Fokou also played the SAM spot the next week, against San Diego, when Gocong filled in at middle linebacker.
"Probably for this week, jammin' that tight end and kind of running with him a little bit" is what the coaching staff is looking for, Fokou said.
Gocong was not available for comment. In three years as a starter, he generally has been solid against the run, less than instinctive against the pass. The Eagles drafted Gocong, a college defensive end at Cal Poly, partly because of his pass-rushing ability, but he has not been a productive pass-rusher.