Eagles Notes

Rookie tight end

Brent Celek

had the biggest day of his career Sunday with three catches for 50 yards, including a clutch grab for 29 yards late in the fourth quarter that helped the Eagles seal a 10-6 win over Dallas.


L.J. Smith


Matt Schobel

expected to miss tomorrow's game at New Orleans, Celek will get the chance to have a bigger day as he moves into the starting lineup. Smith is out with a knee injury, and Schobel is listed as doubtful because of a concussion.

"It feels good," Celek said yesterday. "I wish the other guys were healthy, but it's my chance to pretty much show them what I can do, and do it consistently."

Celek, who has 11 catches for 125 yards, said Sunday's game boosted his confidence.

"I would say it makes me feel a little more comfortable," he said. "Playing in general makes you more comfortable, regardless if you make a big catch or not."

Smith is expected to sign elsewhere as a free agent during the off-season, so Celek will be scrutinized by the Eagles' coaching staff.

Andrews out

Pro Bowl guard

Shawn Andrews

will miss tomorrow's game because of a sprained knee ligament. Andrews aggravated the injury in the first quarter against Dallas. He will be replaced by

Max Jean-Gilles


Brian Westbrook


Reggie Brown

(knee), and

LaJuan Ramsay

(groin) are listed as questionable but are expected to play.

Running back

Correll Buckhalter

returned to practice yesterday after missing Thursday's session with a migraine. He also is expected to play.

Extra points

The NFL announced it will not penalize Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin for his hit on Schobel on Sunday, saying it was a shoulder-on-helmet hit, not helmet-on-helmet. . . . Coach

Andy Reid

praised the work ethic his team displayed this week, despite its elimination from the playoffs. "You want to finish strong," Reid said about the final two games. "We've got character guys on this team, and coaches who care and are working hard with the players. You could see the attitude the guys have had throughout the week."

- Ray Parrillo