"I didn't talk to a player. I didn't talk to a coach. I talked to one guy for two days about this," Reid said, referring to Kolb. "Whatever anybody else says . . . is not right."
After the Lions game Sunday, Reid said Kolb would start against Jacksonville. Asked then if it would be hard to go back to Kolb after Vick's strong performance, Reid said "Not hard."
Reid said Wednesday he needed time to make his decision.
"If there's a tough situation, I'm going to make sure I think it through and I'm going to buy time to do that," Reid said.
Shock and support
Eagles players were surprised by Reid's sudden move, but said they supported the coach no matter whom he starts at quarterback.
"It was a bit of a shock because one day we heard that Kolb was starting, and then so quick to where Vick was going out there starting for us. So it was just a little change for us," said wide receiver DeSean Jackson. "But like I said, we all have confidence in both quarterbacks."
Fellow receiver Jeremy Maclin said the team was "behind both" Kolb and Vick.
"It's not like we're just turning our backs on Kevin. Kevin's still a tremendous quarterback. Just right now Vick's playing tremendous football, so he deserves a chance to go out there and play quarterback."
Tight end Brent Celek came into the NFL with Kolb and has roomed with him every year at training camp.
"We play for the Philadelphia Eagles. When Mike's our quarterback, we're behind him. When Kevin's our quarterback, we're behind him. Depending on what Coach Reid says, that's the direction we go," he said.
Wide receiver Jason Avant seemed to sum up the sense among the players.
"All decisions that the coaches make are right to me. If they make the decision, what are we going to do? We're players," Avant said.
Fullback Leonard Weaver
had nerve damage in his injured left knee, Reid said. Weaver had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn posterior lateral corner in the knee. James Andrews
performed the surgery. ... Newly signed running back Joique Bell
said he expected to play on special teams - something he has done in the past - and had done "a lot" of lining up at wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills and in college at Wayne State. The Eagles often ask their running backs to run pass routes ... Defensive end Brandon Graham
was limited in practice with a shoulder strain and tackle Austin Howard
was held out of practice with a lower back strain. Linebacker Stewart Bradley
(concussion), tight end Brent Celek
(chest), guard Nick Cole
(knee), guard Todd Herremans
(ankle), Kevin Kolb
(concussion) and defensive tackle Trevor Laws (
oblique) all participated ... The Eagles signed wide receiver Rod Harper
and safety Jamar Adams
to the practice squad.
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