Eagles Notes: Eagles' Jason Babin back in practice

Posted: September 05, 2012

Jason Babin returned to practice Monday for the first time since suffering a calf injury on July 28, an expected return that keeps the defensive end on schedule to play in Sunday's season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Babin missed almost all of training camp and the entire preseason while recovering from the injury, although the Eagles erred on the side of caution with the 32-year-old two-time Pro Bowler. It was believed throughout the process that he would return for the season, and his full participation in Monday's practice was evidence.

"I'm about 98.9 [percent]," Babin said.

Practice was not open to reporters, but Babin reported that "it didn't look as if I'd missed too much time." Because of his experience in the scheme - he played for defensive line coach Jim Washburn in Tennessee in 2010 and in Philadelphia last season - Babin was not set back by missing training camp and was able to stay in shape.

"Was I a little rusty today? You could split hairs and say maybe I was, maybe I wasn't," Babin said. "But it was good, it was crisp - it was a good place to start."

Vick at practice

Quarterback Michael Vick practiced and took all of the first-team snaps, further confirmation that he's on schedule to play Sunday. There was little question that Vick would play in the opener after missing two preseason games following a rib injury on Aug. 20, but the two weeks provided him ample time to heal.

"My arm felt fresh and my legs felt good," Vick said. "I threw the ball really well, and I had a chance to make some throws that I haven't made in a long time. It felt good to be back, and I'm extremely excited."

Anderson's back

Safety Colt Anderson's recovery from a torn ACL in December took an encouraging turn when he was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Friday. More good news came on Monday when the special-teams ace practiced with the Eagles for the first time this season. There is still no word whether Anderson will play on Sunday.

"That's [Coach Andy Reid's] call," Anderson said. "I feel good. I'm practicing. I could play. It's all still up in the air."

'It's time'

Every player had a new T-shirt on Monday that read, simply, "It's Time." Some players wore the shirt while lifting weights; others had it hanging in their locker stall.

One theme that reverberated throughout training camp and preseason was the urgency the Eagles need in 2012. Vick said Reid's message on Monday was about maintaining focus each week.

"We feel like there is a need to win, and win quickly," Vick said. "We can sit and talk all day until our faces turn blue, but until we go out there, we still have to make it happen. As a team, we're just excited about the opportunities we have as a team to have success. We have a lot of things to fight for, every individual in this locker room."

Extra points

Linebacker Casey Matthews practiced on Monday after missing much of the preseason with a high ankle sprain, while wide receiver Riley Cooper remained sidelined during his ongoing recovery from a broken collarbone. . . . The Eagles finalized their practice squad by signing offensive tackle Matt Reynolds, the younger brother of current Eagles lineman Dallas Reynolds. Matt Reynolds signed with the Carolina Panthers after the draft and started 52 games for Brigham Young from 2008 to 2011, a school record.


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