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Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30

Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--Andy Reid didn't ease wide receiver Kevin Curtis back into the offense last week. Curtis, who missed the first six games recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, was on the field for 59 of the Eagles' 68 offensive plays in their 27-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Curtis, who caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, had three catches for 45 yards against the Falcons.

"I probably played him more than I wanted to play him," Reid said. "He had too many snaps out there. I wasn't counting on that (many) going into the game. But he was feeling pretty good."

Last year, tight end L.J. Smith suffered a sports hernia and hurried back too quickly following the operation. He ended up needing additional surgery and never was anywhere close to 100 percent.

The Eagles took a more cautious approach with Curtis. He had the surgery to repair the sports hernia in mid-August, returned to practice 21/2 weeks ago, but didn't play until Sunday.

"(Eagles trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and the doctors handled it the right way," Reid said. "You've seen people on other teams come back from those things too fast and have setbacks the last couple of weeks. We were able to get him two or three weeks out there (on the practice field) where he could gradually get back into the swing of things."

Curtis' return might help the Eagles' wideouts get into the end zone. While the wide receivers have 90 receptions in the first seven games, they've got only three touchdown catches.

--This has been a difficult season for cornerback Lito Sheppard. The two-time Pro Bowler lost his starting job in March when the Eagles signed Asante Samuel.

He's the team's third corner behind Samuel and his best friend, Sheldon Brown, a role he hasn't exactly embraced. But Sheppard had an important interception in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Falcons. Picked off a Matt Ryan-to-Roddy White fade pass in the end zone late in the third quarter when the Falcons were threatening to slice a 10-point deficit to three. He also knocked away several passes in the fourth quarter.

"I can't control (when I play)," Sheppard said. "That's not my decision. When I'm out there and have an opportunity to make a play, I need to make it. Today was one of those times. They tested me and it was either make the play or hurt the team."

Even though he's no longer a starter, Brown coaxed Sheppard to run out with him during the pre-game introductions. "He didn't want to do it," Brown said. "But I told him you might as well come on. We're in the same boat together. We're both splitting time. He's still a starter too."

Sheppard had hoped to get traded before the trading deadline, but that didn't happen. He's hoping to make the most of his playing opportunity the rest of this season then convince the Eagles to trade him in the offseason to a team that will be willing to give him a new contract. Sheppard's current deal runs through 2012. He signed it in 2004.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 30, 2008

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