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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:18 PM


Eagles injury update: Hughes, Celek, McCoy

December 14, 2012, 1:48 pm

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Eagles cornerback Brandon Hughes has been released from the hospital after being kept overnight for evaluation after suffering what head coach Andy Reid called a “lung contusion” during the Eagles-Bengals game Thursday night.

Hughes was sandwiched between two Bengals on one of the last plays of the game, a Mat McBriar punt with 3:44 left in the Bengals’ 34-13 win.

Reid said Hughes was evaluated by the team’s medical personnel after the game late Thursday night and sent home. When he began spitting up blood later early Friday morning, he was sent to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where team physician Gary Dorshimer is based.

Reid said Hughes was kept overnight for evaluation and released Friday. Reid indicated the injury is not considered serious, and it looks like there’s a good chance Hughes will be able to play in the Eagles’ next game, a week from Sunday against the Giants.

“He’s doing OK,” Reid said.

The 26-year-old Hughes, a backup cornerback and special teams player, is in his third year with the Eagles. He’s played in all 14 games this year, with 274 snaps on special teams and 70 on defense. Only Casey Matthews (282) has played more special teams snaps for the Eagles than Hughes.

Hughes got hurt when he was hit illegally by Emmanuel Lamur and Dan Herron. Both were penalized for an illegal blind-side block, a 15-yard penalty and possible fine.

Reid said tight end Brent Celek, who suffered a concussion in the Tampa game on Sunday, has been completely cleared and passed through all his concussion tests and will be at practice when the Eagles return to work on Monday.

Reid said Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, who has passed his ImPACT test, has not yet visited an independent league-certified neurologist for evaluation of his recovery from a concussion.

Until he’s cleared by both the independent physician and the Eagles’ own team physician, Dr. Gary Dorshimer, McCoy cannot return to game action. Reid said McCoy will likely meet with the independent specialist on Monday.

Reid said he hasn’t thought about whether he will play McCoy in the final game or two games if he’s cleared before the season ends in 16 days. McCoy has missed the last four games after getting hurt against the Redskins.

Michael Vick has been cleared by the independent physician, but Reid was vague about whether Vick will be in uniform a week from Sunday and said he’ll have to look at the roster before making a decision on Vick.

Reid said safety Kurt Coleman, who sat out the last two games with a sternum contusion, is healthy enough to return but won’t get his starting job back. He said Colt Anderson, who’s played very well against the Buccaneers and Bengals, has earned the starting spot for the last couple games.

Clay Harbor (back contusion), Stanley Havili (hamstring) and Evan Mathis (ankle) should all be ready to play against the Giants, Reid said.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com