Notes From Andy Reid’s Day-After Presser

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidSome notes from Andy Reid‘s day-after press conference:

— On the injury front: Brandon Hughes has a lung contusion and was hospitalized overnight Thursday and released Friday morning.

“He got sandwiched out there,” said Reid. “He left here and it was hard to tell what his symptoms were so we kept him here for a long period of time and then send him home. He coughed up blood and so they were able to get him to the hospital and they kept him overnight for observation, and everything checked out OK.”

LeSean McCoy has yet to see an independent neurologist as he recovers from a concussion. He will likely visit the doctor on Tuesday. Brent Celek (concussion) has passed all the concussion testing, according to Reid.  Evan Mathis is dealing with ankle inflammation. Clay Harbor has a low back contusion but should be OK. Stanley Havili has a hamstring strain. Kurt Coleman (chest) and Chris Polk (toe) should be ready to go.

Michael Vick has an been cleared by an independent neurologist but Reid did not commit to him being the primary backup for the remaining two games.

“I’m going to look at how many guys I can active and not active and see how the numbers work out there, and see how he does this week; see how he feels.”

— Reid addressed the blocked punt, in which Marvin McNutt ended up taking out teammate Mat McBriar.

McNutt ended up getting beat. McNutt was supposed to be in the game. That was his spot. He was replacing  Jason Avant. The problem with [ Ryan] Rau was supposed to be on the other side where Clay [Harbor] went in and didn’t get there.”

Did he consider using a timeout to get the right personnel out there?

“No, because Clay was okay. Clay knew what he was doing. It wasn’t Clay that the problem was on. It was on McNutt. He was in the right spot.”

— On whether Colt Anderson has earned a starting spot for the remainder of the year:

“I think you could say that. Now, listen, I haven’t sat down and talked with Todd [Bowles] about that but I would tell you that he’s played good football. Good enough to be considered at keeping him in that position.”

— Reid was asked if the changes on the defensive side should have been made sooner.

“There are two parts to that. I think the defense played well yesterday for the most part. Are there some plays that we’d like to have back? Yes, there are. I didn’t think that was the problem. On the other side of that, I did what I thought I had to do at that time. That’s how I felt. The rest of it is hindsight, and I can’t go back on that.”

— On the Nick Foles interception down the left sideline:

On that particular play, instead of taking what would normally be a five-step drop, he took what would be a seven-step drop. When you’re in the gun, it would be a five as opposed to a three. He held too long on the safety and tried to look the safety off. These are rookie mistakes, and he’ll learn from that. He’s very diligent about those things, and he’ll get it right. It wasn’t a lack of arm strength that would cause that to take place.”

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