PHILADELPHIA — Eagles rookie defensive end Vinny Curry is finally going to get a chance to play.
Curry, a second-round draft pick from Marshall University, was told Wednesday morning that he will be in the defensive line rotation for Monday night’s game against Carolina.
Curry was deactivated for the first 10 regular-season games.
“Coach Wash (Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn) said it during our position meeting,” Curry said. “All he said was, ‘Vinny’s up this week.’ I’m so excited. I can’t wait for Monday night. Let’s go!”
A former standout at Neptune High School, Curry grew up a diehard Eagles fan and was thrilled when the team made him the 59th overall pick in the draft last April.
But the 6-foot-3, 266-pounder spent the first 10 games watching veteran defensive ends Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Phillip Hunt and Darryl Tapp in action. Curry stood on the sidelines in a sweatsuit with other inactive players.
“I really didn’t think it would take this long,” Curry said. “To be honest, I wanted to scream every day. But I’m not a selfish player. I just focused on working as hard as I could in practice to develop. I made it a point to do at least one thing in practice that would stand out when the coaches watched the film.”
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson held his second annual Thanksgiving giveaway Tuesday.
Jackson spent the day with evangelist Trena Houston and her grandsons Amin (7) and Amir Payne (5). He accompanied them to an Acme Market in Philadelphia and provided them with a full Thanksgiving meal for the holiday.
Houston has been unable to work because of ongoing health issues and is raising her grandsons. Amin is now a paraplegic due to a gunshot wound. His mother was killed while shielding him from gunfire during a home invasion in 2009.
“I realize that I am a role model for thousands of children and that I have the ability to help impact and change lives,” Jackson said in a statement. “This is about helping families in need. This is about community and I truly hope that by giving back whenever I can, I will encourage others to do the same.”
Right guard situation
Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that Jake Scott will remain the starting right guard against the Panthers.
Scott, who joined the team last week, started against the Redskins ahead of Danny Watkins, the Eagles’ 2011 first-round pick. Scott and Watkins split the reps during the pregame warmups, but Reid said he went with Scott because Watkins’ ankle was still bothering him.
Watkins started the first six games before being diagnosed with chronic ankle soreness by Reid. He was inactive for three games and played special teams against the Redskins.
“It’s frustrating,” Watkins said. “We’re not getting wins and our quarterbacks have been getting hit. I want to be out there contributing.”
Bumps and bruises
Quarterback Michael Vick is making minor progress after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against Dallas.
Reid said he is still in phase one of the recovering process, but attended practiced and meetings Wednesday. Barring another setback, he will move into phase two and begin exercising later this week.
“It has been great having Mike back in the building and on the field,” rookie quarterback Nick Foles said. “He’s such a presence. It has definitely helped me having him in meetings and talking with me.”
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (sprained ankle and foot), running backs LeSean McCoy (concussion) and Chris Polk (sprained toe) also did not practice Wednesday. McCoy and Polk are not expected to play against the Panthers. Rookie running back Bryce Brown will replace McCoy as the starter (see related story).
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