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Eagles Notes: Jean-Gilles placed on injured reserve

Eagles Notes: Jean-Gilles placed on injured reserve
Eagles Notes With the New York Giants and their fierce pass rush up next on the schedule, the last thing the Eagles needed was the loss of a starting offensive lineman.

But the Eagles placed Max Jean-Gilles on the injured-reserve list yesterday after the right guard suffered a broken left ankle late in the first half of Thursday night's win over Arizona. Jean-Gilles will undergo surgery Monday or Tuesday, according to coach Andy Reid .

Nick Cole filled in for Jean-Gilles and is the likely starter against the Giants. Cole, signed as a rookie free agent in 2006, has made two starts. Coincidentally, one of those starts was at left guard against the Giants on Nov. 9. Cole, who is 6-foot, 350 pounds, has played on the kickoff-return team as one of the blockers in the wedge.

"Nick's a very good athlete," Reid said yesterday. "He's very, very strong and big. It's just that he's short. That's OK. I don't really care about that. I just care that he moves the pile and is sharp. Every time he gets in there, he functions very well for us."

Jean-Gilles was starting in place of two-time Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews , who hasn't played since Sept. 15 and is in rehabilitation after surgery Oct. 21 to repair a herniated disk.

Reid said Andrews has returned from Marina del Ray, Calif., where he had the surgery. Apparently, his recovery has been slow, but Reid has resisted placing him on the injured-reserve list in the hope that he returns before the end of the season.

Reid said he and head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder were to meet with Andrews yesterday to gauge his condition.

"I know that the flight coming back was a bit painful for him," Reid said. "I'm not sure how far or how close he is to being in Football shape, so we'll talk to him and see how he's doing and continue to rehab him."

Reid said he either would promote an offensive lineman from the practice squad or bring in a free agent to fill the roster spot left by Jean-Gilles. Two possibilities are guard Mike McGlynn and tackle Chris Patrick .

More on injuries Reid sounded more optimistic that cornerback Asante Samuel would be back for the Giants game than he did about backup running back Correll Buckhalter 's returning.

Both players sat out the Cardinals game - Samuel with a stinger and Buckhalter with a sprained knee ligament.

"I think they will [be back]," Reid said. "Buck might be a little bit more of a stretch than Asante, but I think there's a chance we'll have both of them."

Reid praised the play of Joselio Hanson , who started ahead of Lito Sheppard in Samuel's spot. Hanson had an interception.

"He doesn't say much, a real quiet kid, but he's tough, he's quick, he's very detailed in what he does," Reid said. "He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he plays that way - big and tough."

The Eagles also used rookie safety Quintin Demps in their dime packages. Reid said Demps impressed him with his coverage of the Cardinals' Anquan Boldin , one of the league's better receivers.

"We singled him up on Boldin at times," Reid said. "Nothing like starting out against one of the best in the business. That was his first major action there, and he challenged him all night and did a nice job."

Third and 1 Most of the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field offered a standing ovation after Kyle Eckel bulled up the middle for 2 yards on a third-and-1 play during the Eagles' opening drive. The Eagles had been futile in several key third-and-1 situations much of the season.

Reid noticed the cheers.

"I wasn't sure it wasn't for Eckel and not the third and 1 because about half the stadium was his family," Reid said. Eckel is from Philadelphia and played at Episcopal Academy. "I presumed it was because it was third and 1 and we actually made one. I was cheering with them."

Extra points Brian Dawkins ' 34th career interception equaled the Eagles' record shared by Eric Allen and Bill Bradley . Dawkins also forced a fumble. It was the sixth time he has had an interception and forced a fumble in the same game. . . . Despite his injuries this season, Brian Westbrook has a career-high eight rushing TDs. . . . The Eagles return to practice Monday.

- Ray Parrillo

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Added: November 29, 2008

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