PHILADELPHIA - Eagles left tackle Demetress Bell may have won his starting job back.
Bell started the past two games when King Dunlap was sidelined with a strained hamstring. Dunlap returned to practice Wednesday, but Bell revealed that he took all the reps with the first-team offense.
All Eagles practices are closed to the media.
"I took all the reps today," Bell said. "But who knows what tomorrow will bring?"
The Eagles signed Bell to be the starter. He was supposed to replace Jason Peters, who will miss at least the first six games of this season with a ruptured right Achilles' tendon. But Bell struggled during training camp and was benched in favor of Dunlap after the first preseason game despite getting only six snaps.
Bell, who spent the previous four seasons with Buffalo, was deactivated for the Eagles' season-opening game at Cleveland.
"You need live reps, game reps, to really get comfortable with things and develop that chemistry (on the offensive line)," Bell said. "I don't care what anyone says. Practice is practice and live is live. There is a difference."
Dunlap may get some playing time at Pittsburgh on Sunday, however.
Right guard Danny Watkins was held out of practice Wednesday with an unspecified chest injury. Dunlap replaced him.
One of the reasons the Eagles released linebacker Brian Rolle on Wednesday was his ineffectiveness on special teams.
New York Giants kickoff returner David Wilson averaged 36.2 yards on six returns in the Eagles' 19-17 win last Sunday and had three returns longer than 30 yards.
The Eagles signed linebacker Adrian Moten to help bolster the coverage units.
"I had an opportunity to fit in someone else," coach Andy Reid said. "Brian is going to hook on with someone else and do a good job. Just with what I was trying to get done here, it wasn't the right fit."
Moten was with the Eagles during the preseason before getting released as part of the final roster cuts.
Moten played special teams during stints with Indianapolis and Seattle last season and is expected to play against the Steelers.
"I'm going to come in wanting to play special teams a lot," Moten said. "I know that's the biggest reason they brought me in, so I'll come in and do whatever they need me to do."
Offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde was back with the team as a member of the practice squad.
Vandervelde, a sixth-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2011, spent all of last season on the active roster. Upon being released at the end of the preseason this year, he was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers also cut him and re-signed him to their practice squad for the first four weeks. They also released him last weekend.
"It's been pretty strange, but I don't begin to understand the business side of football," Vandervelde said. "I was surprised and disappointed when the Eagles released me, but I'm glad to be back. I'm just happy to have a job. Nothing is finite in this sport."
By the bye
The Steelers are the first of four straight teams the Eagles will be playing after their regular-season open week.
Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta and New Orleans all will have an extra week to prepare, though the Eagles also get that break before playing the Falcons. Reid is 13-0 after a regular-season open week.
"I don't worry about all that," Reid said. "You go play. That's what it is. You don't worry about all that."
Bumps and bruises
In addition to Watkins, linebacker Akeem Jordan (strained hamstring) and defensive tackle Derek Landri (knee inflammation) did not practice. Landri is expected to play against the Steelers, but Jordan may miss his second straight game.
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