Eagles back to practice after long layoff

By Associated Press 5:10pm, September 24, 2013
After three games in 11 days, the Philadelphia Eagles got a break.

They'll return to face the undefeated Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning.

Some break.

The Eagles, off since losing to the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday night, returned to work Tuesday with a full practice.

"I mean, that's just the way the schedule laid itself out," coach Chip Kelly said. "We knew it going in. We had a plan of what we were going to do."

Kelly and the staff met Friday and Saturday, took off Sunday and were back in Monday watching video and preparing for the Broncos, who beat the Oakland Raiders handily Monday night.

"Outstanding performance," Kelly said. "Offensively very difficult when you see the quarterback playing at that level right now. And he's got a lot of weapons."

The Eagles will need to be at full strength to take on that offense.

"I got my body back fresh," linebacker Trent Cole said. "I think we all needed a little break. ... We came off a tough loss, a game we should have won, so it was good to get away a little bit. Now, we're back and we're ready to go."

Quarterback Mike Vick followed two good performances with a tough game, in which he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

"It was very important to get some time off," Vick said. "Everybody had the opportunity to look at their mistakes and think about the things that they didn't do as well. I think we have a sense of what we need to do coming back as far as getting everything into place."

The Broncos won't get as much time off.

"We got a full week of getting ready, and they played (Monday night)," wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "It's a short week for them, and us having some fresh legs and being able to go out there and run around."

Notes: Starting safety Patrick Chung sat out practice after hurting his shoulder against Kansas City. He'll continue to be evaluated as the week progresses. Rookie Earl Wolff replaced him with the starting defense. ... Kelly joked about playing in the high altitude of the Mile High City. "We've played there before," he said. "You play the University of Colorado, it's not that big of a deal. You play the Denver Broncos, it's a big deal."

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