Andy Reid was vague when discussing his left tackle situation Wednesday. King Dunlap is back practicing after sitting out the last two games with a hamstring strain. Closer to when the injury first occurred, it appeared the job would go back to Dunlap when he was healthy. Bell has made progress since then, however, and the coaching staff was pleased with his performance against the Giants.
All things being equal, who is the starter?
“Well the one positive is Bell really played well in our game,” is the way Reid chose to respond. “That buys me a little time to see how King is doing.”
Will Dunlap be working with the first team at practice Wednesday?
“He’s going to work today. I’m just going to see how he’s feeling,” said Reid. “We’ll just see how everything works out there.”
Judging by those comments, the smart money would seem to be on Bell getting the nod against the Steelers. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Reid said that Derek Landri has swelling in his knee and will not practice. Akeem Jordan (hamstring) will also be sidelined.
“He’s close,” said Reid of Jordan, “but he’s not quite there yet.”
Jeremy Maclin was not mentioned on the injury report and Reid said his lack of production Sunday night was not related to the hip injury that forced him to sit out against Arizona.
“It was just how things fell,” said Reid. “He had a few plays that were dialed up for him and they covered that area with their zone coverage so you had to go in a different direction. That was just by chance. Jeremy, he’s fine.”