Eagles Notes: Eagles guard Jean-Gilles returns to practice

Posted: November 14, 2010

Six days after suffering a concussion, Max Jean-Gilles returned to practice Saturday.

The Eagles guard passed all of his post-concussion testing and has been cleared to play, according to coach Andy Reid. Jean-Gilles is listed as questionable for Monday night's game at Washington, however, and if he can't go, Nick Cole will start at right guard.

Jean-Gilles left in the first half of the Colts game Sunday. He said the concussion was the first of his career and that he felt "pretty confident that I'm playing" Monday.

It was the sixth concussion for an Eagles player this season. In each of the previous five, the player missed at least the following game.

Reid said that Jean-Gilles had a headache the Monday after the game, but that his "symptoms went away quickly."

"All these [concussions] are different, so you just have to take them as they come," Reid said.

Cole, who opened the season as the starter, struggled when he came in for Jean-Gilles. The interior of the Eagles' line had trouble containing Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth a month ago.

The Eagles will be without defensive backs Nate Allen (neck) and Ellis Hobbs (hip). Rookie Kurt Coleman will make his first career start in place of Allen at free safety and Dimitri Patterson will take Hobbs' spot at cornerback for the second straight week.

Torain is likely starter

Ryan Torain appears to be ahead of Clinton Portis as the Redskins seek a healthy running back for Monday night. Washington coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday that Torain was close to full speed after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago against Detroit. He added that he did not want to rush the return of Portis, who has missed four games with a torn left groin.

Extra points

Despite a strong preseason and being active for the season opener, rookie tight end Clay Harbor has not dressed for the last seven games. He said that he needed to improve his blocking and get better acquainted with the Eagles' offense.

"Somebody could look at it as if you missed all these games," Harbor said. "I look at it as if it was just a little redshirt. It got me ready."

The Associated Press contributed information for this article.

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Jeff_McLane

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