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News » Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29

Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29

Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29
--The Eagles have moved running back Tony Hunt over to fullback. Hunt, a third-round pick in the 2007 draft, started there against New England and played well. He picked up two first downs on third-and-short situations and had a nice block that sprung wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 23-yard gain on a bubble screen.

"He did some good things," coach Andy Reid said. Hunt was running fourth on the depth chart at running back behind Brian Westbrook, Correll Buckhalter and Lorenzo Booker. If the Eagles are happy with him at fullback, they likely won't carry another fullback, which will give them some roster flexibility at another position. Hunt also is playing on all four special teams units.

--The Eagles reduced their roster to 77 players Saturday when they cut receiver Frantz Hardy, fullback Luke Lawton and guard Cameron Stephenson.

--Wide receiver Kevin Curtis underwent surgery for a sports hernia Thursday, although there was no immediate timetable for Curtis' return. Coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday that Curtis will "for sure" be back this season, but said it "will probably be a little bit longer" than the start of the regular season. "I'll know better after they get in and take care of it," Reid said. "This happened in the game, in our last game. He tried to work through it, but he's unable to function very well with it during practice, so it looks like we'll go this direction." Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis are expected to rotate in Curtis' spot.

--Rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson continued his impressive preseason play. He had seven catches for 71 yards in the Eagles' 24-13 win over Carolina, and also had a 27-yard punt return. A week earlier, he had five receptions for 51 yards against Pittsburgh.

With both Reggie Brown and Jason Avant sidelined with injuries, Jackson has been getting a lot of work with the first-team offense.

"I feel pretty comfortable with everything," said Jackson, a second-round pick out of Cal where he played in a pro-style offense. "Coach Marty (Mornhinweg, the Eagles' offensive coordinator) has a lot of things in the offense for me. I'm just trying to do my best and get open as much as possible."

--Defensive end Victor Abiamiri, who is recovering from a broken wrist, expects to play again soon.

When Abiamiri had surgery on the wrist two weeks ago, coach Andy Reid said a worst-case scenario would have the second-year lineman sidelined for four months. But the 6-4, 287-pounder thinks he'll be back much sooner than that.

"I'm trying to prepare myself by going to all the meetings and staying mentally sharp," Abiamiri said. "There's are looking good. I feel that things have gotten progressively better since the first day it happened. A lot of things, as far as doing every-day tasks like going in and lifting, I can definitely tell how my body functions and how much better I am getting."

Before the injury, Abiamiri was projected to be the team's starting left end. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson also planned to move him inside as a pass-rusher in the team's nickel package.

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Added: August 29, 2008

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