Then Wolff practiced yesterday, worked his right knee extensively after practice, and said he thinks he's good to go.
So, we'll see, especially since Wolff mentioned that he has to be OK today, with no setback from yesterday's work. But it seems likely the Eagles will have their playmaking rookie safety to toss into the fray against tight end Jimmy Graham and the many other weapons New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees commands.
Wolff said the medical staff and the coaches will make the final call.
"I felt good. Now it's up to them, basically," said Wolff, who hyperextended the knee Nov. 10 at Green Bay. He returned 2 weeks ago against the Bears, only to aggravate the injury. Wolff said he tried to do yesterday "what I would go through in a game, and it didn't really bother me. Of course, I felt it a little bit, but I'm going to feel it a little bit, you know. But it's nothing that's going to hold me back, I feel like."
Wolff said he was told not to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, then to test the knee yesterday. This was not clear from Kelly's remarks. Wolff said he doesn't think he will be rusty, though he has played only a handful of snaps in the last 2 months.
"I practiced all last week . . . I'm going to go in there with all the confidence in the world, if I do [play] . . . The more plays I'm out there, the more comfortable I'll get," he said.
The biggest challenge for the Eagles offensively probably is going to be handling the Saints' defensive line and linebackers. The Saints ranked fourth in the league with 49 sacks this season, a dozen more than the Birds' defenders managed.
Eagles fans will recognize an old friend, Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley, the Birds' 2006 first-round pick. Bunkley, whose job is to jam the line (he has no sacks), is flanked by defensive ends Cameron Jordan (12.5 sacks) and Akiem Hicks (4.5), with former Temple linebacker Junior Galette (12 sacks) usually playing the rush position.
Of course, dome teams play on fast turf, and generally have their fans making a lot of noise, to give them an advantage off the line. The Saints won't have any of that.
"They have a good combination of guys with some real good power moves and some guys with some real good speed moves," Eagles left guard Evan Mathis said. "They've done a great job this entire year of creating disruption in the backfield."
LeSean McCoy became the first Eagles running back to ever win the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award, giving the Eagles back-to-back award winners - Nick Foles was the November honoree . . . Backup center Julian Vandervelde did not practice and again seems unlikely to play with a back injury . . . The Saints' defense allowed an average of just 19 points per game this season, 4.875 points below the Eagles' average . . . The Birds allowed third-down conversions 93 of a possible 231 times this season, 40 percent, which placed them ninth-worst in the NFL. The Saints' opponents converted 35 percent of the time, ninth-best in the league . . . Offensively, the Eagles' 442 points ranked them fourth in the league, the Saints' 414 ranked them 10th.