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Eagles Notes - Reggie Brown still hurt, Abiamiri's role, & Tight Ends

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The week off may not have helped Reggie Brown as much as we first thought...

After he practiced fully on Monday, wide receiver Reggie Brown was limited in Wednesday's session. On Thursday, he was on the practice field and listed as limited in the team's official injury report, but he took part in extremely few offensive drills.

"Reggie is trying to get back on the field, and he is doing everything that he can in the training room and rehab," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on Thursday. "We'll see if he's available and then we'll go from there."

Jim Johnson admitted that Victor Abiamiri looked a little rusty in his season debut against the 49ers. However, he should see his workload increased this week.

"He's going to play a lot this week . . . He might play 20 or 25 reps. I think it's just the tempo and speed of the game. I think he's going to be a good player for us. He's going to help us," Johnson said.

"It's a gradual process," said Abiamiri, who agreed that he felt as rusty as he looked. "It'll take time to get back in the full swing of things."

To put it simply, the Eagles stink at defending the tight end

 

The tight end position has been an Achilles' heel for the Eagles defense all season long, a fact that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has begun to openly acknowledge.

"Tight ends are sending limos for us," Johnson quipped on Thursday.

Opposing tights ends have caught 36 passes for 483 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, accounting for almost one-third of the total passing yardage Philadelphia has allowed.

The amazing thing is that otherwise the Eagles have been pretty good against the pass... Just not against the TE.

Dallas' Jason Witten and Washington's Chris Cooley torched the Eagles for more than 100 receiving yards to lead their teams to victory. The opposing tight end was the receiving yardage leader for his team in all six Eagles games this season.

The Eagles are one of just seven teams in the NFL that haven't allowed a 100-yard receiving game by a wide receiver, and they rank 10th overall in passing yards allowed. The Cowboys' Terrell Owens, with three catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns, is the only receiver with more than 51 yards against the Eagles.

Lucky for the Eagles this week, Atlanta tight ends have combined for just 6 catches this year.