This boot was not made for practice.
Jeremy Maclin was held out of practice for the second straight day as the Eagles wide receiver recovered from a nagging case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was walking around the NovaCare Complex yesterday wearing a protective boot, but the Eagles continued to insist the starter will be able to play Sunday against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.
"Oh yeah," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "I think he'll be fast."
Maclin declined comment.
DeSean Jackson, meanwhile, appeared to complete his second workout in a row without any setbacks. The receiver missed last week's game at Atlanta after suffering a concussion the week before against the Redskins. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Jackson will play as long as he doesn't have a recurrence of headaches.
If he plays, he'll step back in and return punts, special-teams coordinator Ted Daisher said. Maclin took over for Jackson against Washington and again last week.
With Maclin unable to practice, the Eagles had to occasionally insert Kevin Curtis, who is returning from arthroscopic knee surgery, into the first-team offense. For the most part, the receiver has run with the scout team the last two days and is highly unlikely to play Sunday after missing the last 10 games.
"There's a lot of games left and, hopefully, there's a lot after the season," Curtis said. "I hope to play now, but if I can't, hopefully, I help out in some sort of role [in the playoffs]."
In light of Michael Vick's first rushing touchdown of the season Sunday at Atlanta, there's a good chance the backup quarterback will continue to get opportunities inside the 20-yard line.
Still, it's got to be a peculiar situation for starter Donovan McNabb, who has to leave the field after driving his offense into the red zone.
"It feels a little funny to me, too, with Donovan over right here on some plays," Mornhinweg said. "But it's that mentality, and it's a great mentality to have, of we just don't care who scores the touchdown."
The Eagles continue to struggle in the red zone. They have converted only 17 of 36 possessions (47.2 percent) into touchdowns. Vick said he thinks his 5-yard score will give opposing defenses another alternative to chew on. He later tossed a touchdown pass, capping an emotional return against his former team.
"I had 56 text messages when I got back to the phone and 15 more the next day," he said.
A lump of coal
Safety Quintin Demps said that he was fined a combined $12,500 for the two personal-foul penalties he drew against the Falcons.
"I was kind of disappointed for the simple fact that it was Christmas time, and [I'm] giving away free money," he said.
Demps was called for roughing Chris Redman when he hit the quarterback near his helmet after he released a pass. Demps was flagged later for unnecessary roughness when he apparently hit receiver Roddy White too late.
Reid said that he addressed Demps after the game about the penalties, but that he wasn't going to get too upset because they were "aggressive" plays. Demps said that he plans to enlist his new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to file an appeal.
Running back Brian Westbrook (concussion) practiced with the scout team for the second straight day. All signs indicate he won't play Sunday. Linebackers Tracy White (shoulder) and Joe Mays (illness) returned to practice. . . . Daisher is the only member of the Eagles to call kick-returner Macho Harris by his birth name, Victor. In fact, he's the only person anywhere. "It's cool. It's my name, but Macho is a unique name," Harris said. Daisher has agreed to start calling him Macho "if he runs one all the way back."