Don't panic about the Eagles' $60 million investment in Jason Peters just yet, both Peters and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said yesterday.

After noting that Peters, "nicked that quad thing up again" - reinjuring the quadriceps that he originally hurt in conditioning tests at the start of camp - Mornhinweg said his new left tackle, "had several really good plays where you could see his great athletic abilities."

"Our offensive line played well together as a unit," Mornhinweg said. "We've got to be right on it, so he's got a couple of corrections to make, but he's certainly showed his great athleticism."

Specifically, there were two sacks Peters had a hand in. The first, he really looked bad, beaten to the outside by New England's Tully Banta-Cain. That was a snap-count problem, Mornhinweg and Peters said. The other looked like a miscommunication between Peters and guard Nick Cole.

"He was late off the ball," Mornhinweg said. "We use a lot of snap counts. That's one of the things I was talking about, about playing well together, that snap count, we've got to be able to use it as a weapon. If you're not using it as a weapon, then it becomes a deterrent to yourself. That's what happened on that play."

"I felt OK," Peters said. "I was late off the ball a couple of times; that's fixable. I think I did OK. It was the snap count . . . I just have to get used to the cadence. It's kind of different in practice than in games."

Peters said he did not think the quad setback would sideline him long. He did not practice yesterday. Peters, quarterback Kevin Kolb (MCL), tight end Brent Celek (shoulder/AC joint) and defensive end Trent Cole (ditto) all worked out with a trainer on a separate field.

Peters said that even though the revamped offensive line isn't getting practice and game-time together, because of injuries, everyone is able to attend meetings, and, "That's a start."

Not-so-special

New special teams coordinator Ted Daisher was not pleased with that 75-yard punt return touchdown his unit gave up to the Patriots' Julian Edelman.

The Birds had just dropped Edelman in his tracks, for no yardage, but had to kick again because they didn't have enough players on the line of scrimmage.

"We had a good punt. The punt was near the sideline, we didn't use the sideline to get him out of bounds," Daisher said. "Let him get back and get vertical. When that happened we didn't react the way we should have. We have to get a lot better than that."

Birdseed

Brian Westbrook (ankle) took part in the early part of yesterday's practice, his first time in pads, the day after his first work with his teammates during this preseason . . . Sheldon Brown suffered a rib injury Saturday when he outleaped Kevin Curtis to intercept a Donovan McNabb pass in the end zone, then landed hard on the ball. The Eagles said X-rays were negative. Brown did not practice yesterday . . . Defensive linemen Trevor Laws (hamstring) and Victor Abiamiri (pectoral muscle) practiced both weekend days, their first work with teammates since camp began. The Eagles had projected Abiamiri as a starter coming into Lehigh. "I'd be lying if I said he hasn't missed a considerable amount of time, because he has," defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "He has to get himself going here and mentally and physically help this football team."