Sep 302010
Eagles LB Omar Gaither

Eagles LB Omar Gaither

September 30 Philadelphia Daily News:

“They play for the two most fragile and important units on the team. Neither is quite sure where he stands.

One expects to sit Sunday, as he did, unexpectedly, at Jacksonville, the result of poor play the week before. That’s middle linebacker Omar Gaither, whose yo-yo career is at bottom again.

The other is likely to play for a second straight week, but he won’t get too excited. That’s Reggie Wells, for whom the Eagles traded last month in case right guard Nick Cole’s knee continued to be an issue. It continues to be an issue – Cole left the game at Jacksonville on Sunday and did not practice yesterday – so Wells might start.

The delicate offensive line surrendered just three sacks last week.

The defense, whose linebackers have been its weakness since last season, was anchored by the return of middle linebacker Stewart Bradley and allowed three points.

Gaither, meanwhile, was inactive, the first healthy scratch in his 5-year career. He had started in Bradley’s place the week before while Bradley sat out with a week-old concussion.

That’s right: The Birds chose to not even dress Gaither with Bradley one big hit away from another concussion.

“Of course I was surprised,” Gaither said yesterday.

Does he expect to dress Sunday?

“The way I see it right now, no,” Gaither said yesterday, having finally recovered from his shock at sitting. “They went with what they went with, and we played well, and we won. I don’t see any reason why they’d change it.”

Wells, meanwhile, will not look past the present day’s work.

“We’ll see,” Wells said. “I’m not assuming anything as far as who’s starting, or who’s playing.”

Still, the Eagles certainly are unsure about Cole’s status, since he has fought knee inflammation since early in training camp. Wells, meanwhile, is healthy, experienced – he started 70 straight games with the Cardinals since 2006 – and, despite a tepid review from coach Andy Reid, seemed to fit right in, meshing with young center Mike McGlynn and right tackle Winston Justice, passing off pass rushers who constantly switched spots.”

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