THE DAY-AFTER update has become less of a review of the team's status than a triage report.
The Eagles ran away from the Falcons, put together three straight wins for the first time all season, tied Dallas atop the division, put themselves in position to cripple the Giants' playoff hopes on Sunday and suffered no injury considered season-threatening . . . and the conversation revolved around injuries.
And how everybody's getting better.
Concussed playmakers Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson could return Sunday, said Eagles coach and self-appointed medical updater Andy Reid.
Left tackle Jason Peters, who left the Atlanta game in the second quarter, underwent testing for what the team believes was a "stinger," as well as a possible - but not likely - concussion. Peters begged to return against the Falcons and insisted he would play against New York.
Akeem Jordan also could return for the Meadowlands matchup to bolster the linebacking corps, which has been torched by tight ends each of the 4 straight weeks he has missed with a hyperextended knee.
A pair of new bumps, to rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin, don't have Reid worried - neither the sprained shoulder, suffered Sunday, nor the plantar fasciitis in his foot, a lingering injury from last week. Maclin injured both on special-teams plays, Reid said.
Guard Stacy Andrews remains gimpy due to lingering effects of offseason knee surgery - he has missed the last three games - but wideout Kevin Curtis, who missed the last 10 games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, will begin working on the scout team this week . . . and could even play against the Giants.
Given the alarmist climate surrounding concussions, and the fact that Westbrook and Jackson are the Eagles' two most dangerous weapons, the buzz centered on the immediate future of that duo and Peters.
Neither Westbrook nor Jackson has recently complained of postworkout concussion symptoms. The next step, Reid said, is giving them the increased workload of a regular practice and seeing how they emerge.
Both will receive continued testing. Westbrook, who suffered two concussions within a 3-week period, might return to Pittsburgh to be re-evaluated by specialists there, Reid said, but he doesn't think that will be necessary.
Jackson, meanwhile, was being examined yesterday. The vibe was that the team expected him to play against the Giants after missing just one game. On his radio show last night, Jackson said he intends to play.
As Reid spoke, Peters was undergoing testing in Philadelphia after he appeared to take a shot to his head and shoulder area.
"There was a fear that he was hit in the head and the shoulder," Reid said.
Peters had been fighting an ankle injury for weeks, too. That injury, combined with the effects of a usual "stinger" - pain or numbness on the side of the impact - made Reid more reluctant to allow him to go back in Sunday's game.
We like Mike
On Sunday, backup quarterback and Wildcat weapon Michael Vick ran for one touchdown, passed for another and completed a 43-yard bomb to Reggie Brown. He had six plays and accounted for 65 yards and 14 points, his most significant contribution since the Eagles agreed to be the vehicle for his resurrection in the NFL.
So, coach: More Mike in the future?
"I'm not going to say one way or another," Reid replied. "We'll see how everything formulates."
Nickel cornerback Joselio Hanson returned from a 4-week suspension for violating the league's ban on performance-enhancing substances. Andy Reid hopes Hanson can step back into his crucial roles but made no promises, since Hanson has not been allowed to practice with the team for a month.
The Eagles had to make a roster move to accommodate Hanson. The casualty was rookie wide receiver Jordan Norwood, signed off the practice squad last week. Norwood can be claimed by another team or signed to a practice squad.
Cornerback Ellis Hobbs yesterday underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, suffered Nov. 8 against Dallas . . . Asked if he reprimanded Quintin Demps for his two costly penalties, Andy Reid replied, "I think you know me well enough. I probably said a couple of things out there."