NFC Playoffs: Two in Doubt in Philly

DE Juqua Thomas (Getty)

The Eagles are hoping that two key players can bounce back from injuries in time for this weekend's wild card playoff game against the Giants.

Eagles coach Andy Reid got most of his regulars off the field Sunday a few minutes into the first quarter, as soon as he received word that the Cowboys' loss to Detroit had given Philadelphia its fifth NFC East title in six years. But it wasn't soon enough to prevent an injury to No. 2 running back Correll Buckhalter.

Buckhalter, who has made an amazing comeback from knee injuries that kept him out three of the past four seasons, limped off the field after the first play of the Eagles' second possession. The team initially announced that the injury was to Buckhalter's left knee, but after the game, Reid said it was a calf strain.

Eagles RB Correll Buckhalter (Jamie Squires/Getty Images)
At his news conference Monday, Reid said he was hopeful that Buckhalter would be able to play in Sunday's first-round playoff game against the Giants.

Reid said both Buckhalter and defensive end Juqua Thomas, who also suffered a calf strain against the Falcons, "have a chance to be back for practice on Wednesday. We'll see how it goes here."

Thomas, whose injury, according to Reid, is a little worse than Buckhalter's, probably has been the Eagles' most effective pass rusher the second half of the season. He had two sacks in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Buckhalter has been an effective compliment to Brian Westbrook. He has averaged 4.2 yards per carry and an impressive 10.7 yards per catch on 24 receptions. If he can't play Sunday, Reno Mahe likely would back up Westbrook.

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