The Eagles' roster move yesterday might have also served as an injury report.

By signing tight end Martin Rucker from the practice squad, it gave a clear indication that the Eagles were at least a little concerned about Brent Celek's back injury.

However, the fact that the Eagles didn't feel the need to sign wide receiver Jordan Norwood from the practice squad could be an indication that veteran Kevin Curtis is finally ready to return from a knee injury that has kept him out of the team's last 11 games.

Coach Andy Reid revealed Celek's injury at his Monday news conference, but the tight end was clearly hurting in the locker room after the 45-38 win over the Giants. He left Giants Stadium wearing a neck pillow.

"That guy is tough, tough, tough," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "There was a point during pregame that I didn't think he was going to play. Then he went out and played at a high level."

Reid described Celek as being "a little tender" Monday.

Celek and Alex Smith have been the only tight ends on the roster this season.

Rucker, 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, was added to the practice squad Sept. 24 after being released by the Browns, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 draft out of Missouri.

As a rookie with the Browns, Rucker caught two passes for 17 yards in five games. He is the brother of Mike Rucker, the former Panthers defensive end.

If Curtis is ready to return from surgery, the timing is good for the Eagles because they will likely be without rookie Jeremy Maclin against the 49ers on Sunday. Maclin is recovering from a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.

To make room for Rucker, the Eagles released running back P.J. Hill, who had been with the team since Oct. 28 after being signed from the Saints' practice squad. Hill dressed for the Eagles' Nov. 1 game against the Giants but was inactive the next six games.

Extra points. Receiver DeSean Jackson  was named the NFC special-teams player of the week, thanks to his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Giants. It was the second time this season that Jackson received the honor. He also won the award after returning a punt for a touchdown against the Panthers on opening day. Jackson was also the special-teams player of the month for September and the NFC offensive player of the week after scoring on a 57-yard pass and a 67-yard run in an Oct. 26 win at Washington.

Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.