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December 31 Camden Courier-Post:
“Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is going to the Pro Bowl. Kevin Kolb? Well, he’s probably going to start a meaningless game Sunday.
That wasn’t the plan when Donovan McNabb was traded in the spring and Kolb was named the Eagles‘ starter. But that’s how the season played out for Kolb, who was injured in the season opener and lost his starting job to Vick.
Now, Vick is most likely going to sit out Sunday’s season finale with the quad contusion he suffered Tuesday night against Minnesota. There is no reason for him to play against Dallas because the Eagles are locked in as the NFC’s No. 3 seed for the playoffs.
Vick didn’t practice Thursday. He wasn’t available before or after practice to discuss his playing status — or FOX analyst Tucker Carlson’s comment that he should be executed for his role in a dog-fighting ring.
To his credit, Kolb said he was only thinking about playing Dallas and not about his future in Philadelphia.
“I like this team so much, and I enjoy being around Mike so much that I think it’s an injustice to the team to put my focus anywhere else,” Kolb said. “What happens if they call on me this week, in the playoffs, whenever?”
Kolb said he is preparing to be the starter, although he hasn’t been told anything by coach Andy Reid.
Kolb started the season opener against Green Bay but was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Kolb had completed 5 of 10 passes for only 24 yards before being replaced by Vick.
Kolb admits to wondering what the season might have been like if he hadn’t been injured against Green Bay, but he isn’t bitter about how things have played out.”
December 31 Camden Courier-Post:
“With one meaningless game left before the postseason, the Eagles still aren’t done making critical personnel decisions.
Second-year defensive coordinator Sean McDermott revealed some possible lineup tinkers Wednesday, which probably won’t be on display until next weekend’s Wild Card game.
Right cornerback Dimitri Patterson could lose his starting job to veteran Joselio Hanson, and weak-side linebacker Ernie Sims might lose snaps on nickel downs to Akeem Jordan.
Patterson and Sims were each pulled at various points during the second half of Tuesday’s 24-14 loss to the Vikings.
“It has always been, and always will be, to put our players in the position to succeed and have the best players out there in those situations,” McDermott said. “If I feel like one defender is a better run defender, then I’ll have that run defender on the field when I think they’re going to run the football, and the same goes for the passing game. So, we’re always going to work in the direction of having the best players on the field.”
Already this year, McDermott has made performance-based changes at strong-side linebacker and left defensive end. Last year, he benched three-year starting linebacker Chris Gocong for rookie Moise Fokou, a seventh-round pick, with two games to play in the regular season and for the playoffs.”
December 31 Philadelphia Daily News:
“JEREMY CLARK said yesterday he thinks he remembers the Eagles‘ defense well enough, even though Clark has been a Giant, a Falcon, a Giant again, a Cardinal, a Cowboy and a Redskin since he last practiced at NovaCare.
Clark is a 27-year-old defensive tackle who spent the 2007 season on the Eagles‘ practice squad as a free-agent rookie out of Alabama. He returned to the team yesterday, signed after rookie Jeff Owens went on injured reserve, Owens having ruptured a patellar tendon only a few snaps into his NFL debut, Tuesday night against the Vikings.
“Once you learn something, it kinda sticks with you. Even though I’ve learned a few other schemes, even playing in a couple of 3-4 defenses, once you learn it, it never really goes away,” said Clark, cut by the Redskins on Christmas Day.
“It’s been quite an experience. I’ve been to quite a few NFC East teams,” Clark said. “Kind of fun coming back to where it all started. All in all, glad to be back, ready to work again.”
The Eagles added both Clark and former Saints and Jaguars defensive end Bobby McCray yesterday, and jettisoned defensive end Derrick Burgess, who rejoined the team 2 weeks ago. Burgess played a handful of snaps Tuesday against the Vikings, apparently not terribly well.”
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