Twelve games down, four to go and reinforcements are on the way.
For the first time in two months, Eagles coach Andy Reid didn't declare any of his injured players out six days before the game.
That doesn't mean all of the walking wounded will be able to report for work when the Eagles (8-4) take on the New York Giants (7-5) Sunday night in a vital NFC East game at the Meadowlands.
Some of them, however, will be back, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Joselio Hanson. Jackson missed Sunday's game after suffering a concussion Nov. 29 against Washington, and Hanson will return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy.
"I think DeSean will be back unless there is a setback here," Reid said during his radio show on WIP-AM (610). "Right now, he'll be back."
Reid, meanwhile, welcomed Hanson back yesterday at the NovaCare Complex, but the team did not make him available before or after the coach's noon news conference.
"He'll start working back in" tomorrow, Reid said.
Asked if Hanson would return to his role as the No. 3 cornerback, Reid said he first wanted to see how the veteran practiced.
"We haven't been able to do anything with him," Reid said. "I just want to see where he's at. He's normally a hard worker, but he's been gone a month. I want to see what kind of shape he's in. I would hope that he'd be able to get back in there and go, but I'll have to see."
The team released rookie receiver Jordan Norwood to make room on the roster for Hanson. Norwood played in his first NFL game Sunday at Atlanta and can still be re-signed to the practice squad.
Reid also was optimistic that linebacker Akeem Jordan would be able to play against the Giants after missing four straight games with a hyperextended right knee.
"Akeem Jordan should be back," Reid said. "Again, we'll see how he does [at practice]. We'll incorporate him in with the defense and see how he does there."
The return of Jackson and Jordan should have a positive effect on the Eagles, and having Hanson back should help a secondary that has been depleted for the last month.
Things get more interesting regarding whether running back Brian Westbrook will be ready to return from his second concussion, or wide receiver Kevin Curtis from the knee surgery that has forced him to miss all but two games this season.
Reid said during his radio show that doctors had cleared Westbrook to practice tomorrow.
"Brian Westbrook is feeling well," Reid said.
"He hasn't had any headaches and he'll be tested here in the next couple of days. They told us to increase his exercise and we did that. They gave him the OK if he's symptom-free until [tomorrow] to allow him to go out there and practice, and then we'll just take it from there. We'll just see how he does."
Reid said it was entirely up to the doctors when Westbrook could play again.
"When they think he's right, then we'll put him back in there and let him play," Reid said.
Curtis, according to Reid, is going to practice with the scout team this week, which is probably a sign that he won't be ready to return Sunday.
Whenever Westbrook and Curtis return, Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will have to figure out how often to use them. The Eagles have had Westbrook for only one half during the last four weeks, but they've averaged 27 points and 400 yards per game during that span, which is by far the best output of the season.
It's hard to imagine Curtis ever replacing rookie Jeremy Maclin as a starting receiver again, but it's possible he could have some role in the offense.
"Listen, the more good players you have, the better off you are," Reid said.
"If I think it's going to disrupt the continuity or anything in spots, then I'll back off at that position, whatever it is. Obviously, if somebody comes back in, then somebody has to sit down, so you have to take that into consideration, whether the continuity has been established at that position and whether things are going good at that position, where the player comes back at. You have to weigh that out."