Free safety Brian Dawkins is on track to return to the field for Sunday's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. After practicing with the scout team for the past two weeks, Dawkins will work with the first-team defense in practice this week said head coach Andy Reid during his press conference one day after Sunday's 23-16 win over the Vikings.
Since the injury, Dawkins has seen a specialist in Oregon and been a vocal presence at Eagles practices, frequently assuming a role as coach of the safeties. The last two weeks, he has been part of the scout teams.
"This week he'll start off [practicing] with the defense unless something crazy happens in the next day or two," Reid said. "It's just a matter of no setbacks. There's nothing during practice that would cause a setback to that injury, I don't think."
The sound in Brian Dawkins' voice was even more telling than his words. Less than a month after he was concerned if his season, and maybe even his career, was over, the Eagles' six-time Pro Bowl safety is ex pected to return to action this week on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.
"Oh yeah," Dawkins said yesterday. "Oh yeah. This is the perfect time, Dallas, prime time; it's all there. Now, I'm just hoping.
"You have to be smart. You have to listen to your body. Right now what it's telling me is real good."
Now, it's not been determined exactly how much #20 will play. My guess is that after 6 weeks off the field he's not going to play every down, but his presence should be a boost nonetheless.