There were encouraging words yesterday for fans eager to see the Eagles get back Asante Samuel and Winston Justice, but nothing definite for Sunday's game at New York.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said DeSean Jackson's foot injury is "a day-to-day thing, so I think he's going to be OK [to play], but we'll just see how it goes here.''
Jackson, set to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-catch, 210-yard night in Dallas, did not practice. Afterward, he walked with a limp and said he felt "so-so.'' Asked if he would be able to play Sunday, Jackson said. "That's the plan.''
Samuel, who injured his knee the last time the Eagles played the Giants and has missed the three subsequent games, was listed as a full-practice participant. Justice, who hurt his knee in the Houston game, was listed as a partial participant. Justice said he took part in individual drills but was held out of full-team work by coaches wanting him to ease back in.
Samuel was less definitive.
"I would tell fans to expect '22' to do everything in his power to be out there to make my fans and our fans happy, because I want to take it to the top,'' Samuel said.
Justice said: "I feel a hundred times better than this time last week. I feel like I can practice and play. Especially with a few more days' rest, I'll be ready to go.''
Justice said he has no doubt he will play. Noting the arched eyebrows of reporters who heard him give assurances last week, before he missed the game in Dallas, Justice said: "Last week, I was speaking positively. This week, I'm speaking realistically.''
Andy Reid said Jorrick Calvin will continue to be the Eagles' kick returner. Calvin took a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in the wake of a strange play late in Sunday night's game, when Calvin fielded a David Buehler kickoff deep in his end zone, then ran back and forth before kneeling just before the Cowboys could tackle him. The clock doesn't start until the ball comes out of the end zone, so the running around seemed pointless. Calvin had words with Cowboys covering the kick and shoved one, drawing the penalty.
Reid said he just wanted to make sure the Dallas kick-coverage team, used to not having to work too hard, given Buehler's frequent blasts to the back of the end zone, was forced to run until the whistle, just like his team.
"It was getting them some work in,'' Reid said.
He spoke pungently to Calvin on the sideline afterward, but that had to do with the penalty, Reid said: "That was not part of the plan.''