Eagles receiver Reggie Brown is not happy that he was left out of the lineup and out of uniform for two straight weeks.
Asked why he thinks receivers Hank Baskett and Jason Avant moved ahead of him, Brown said yesterday: "I don't know. That's a question you need to ask Reid, then you can come back down here and tell me, because I don't know. I don't get answers. I'm in the dark right now. I've tried to. I don't get answers."
Reid, of course, would be coach Andy Reid.
Reid was not available to reporters yesterday.
On Dec. 8, the day after Brown was first deactivated, Reid disagreed with the suggestion that Brown could not work his way back into the receiver rotation.
"We'll just take one week at a time," Reid said. "Reggie is a good football player."
Brown has missed six games this season, four because of injuries. He had two productive games. In a loss to Chicago, Brown had six catches for 79 yards. The following week, he started for the only time and had four catches for 84 yards against Washington. He sat out the next two games with a groin injury and had three receptions in five games before he was benched the last two weeks. He has one TD grab.
For Brown, a 2005 second-round draft pick, it has been a long dropoff from last season, when he had a career-high 61 catches for 780 yards and four TDs. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says Brown has become a victim of a numbers game. Rookie DeSean Jackson has emerged as the team's top receiver, and Kevin Curtis returned after missing the first six games while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Baskett and Avant have moved ahead of Brown, and the Eagles stopped dressing six receivers in an attempt to cut back on the constant shuttling and improve the timing between them and quarterback Donovan McNabb. Greg Lewis has been the fifth receiver.
Asked what he has to show Reid to get back in his good graces, Brown said: "Show them what? To get on the field? Before I got hurt, I came back out as the leading receiver in two games. If that's not enough to show them, then I can't do more than I'm already doing. It's their decision whether or not to play me. It's just my decision whether or not to go out there and do my best to help this team make it to the playoffs, and that's what I'm going to do."
Mornhinweg said Brown will play Sunday against Washington. Brown will replace Baskett, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Monday's win over Cleveland.
"Reggie doesn't need to show me anything. He's a good football player," Mornhinweg said. "We will need him at some point, and quite possibly this week we are going to need Reggie."
Extra points. Baskett (knee), Curtis (strained calf) and offensive tackle Jon Runyan (knee) sat out practice yesterday. Curtis and Runyan are expected to play. Guard Todd Herremans (shoulder, ankle) and Brian Westbrook (knee) were limited at practice. . . . DeSean Jackson needs 18 yards to set an Eagles record for yards receiving by a rookie. Tight end Keith Jackson set the mark of 869 in 1988. . . . McNabb has 3,511 passing yards, second most in his career behind the 3,875 he had in 2004.