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Wade Phillips press conference 12/12/07

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Wade: Terence Newman didn’t practice, he hurt his toe and knee in the ball game, in the 1st quarter, and it got a little worse as he played. He may practice tomorrow, I’m not too discouraged, he could be a sub-guy this week. Terry Glenn went some through individual drills, we haven’t ruled him out completely this week but it would be unlikely. He did look quick and didn’t have a limp, they were positive signs.

What do you need to see before you play Terry Glenn?
Just to be able to practice and practice a couple of days in a row, see if everything goes well. It’s a slow progression.

Any thought of resting Terence Newman down the stretch?
Terence has rested some, we've rested him during the week some. This is a different injury, and it’s not severe, he can work back through it, he may play this week. The other injury was a lingering injury, that needed to slowly heal. That’s healed. He sprained his toe and has a knee contusion. More the toe than the knee, but the swelling went down.

Would you play Terry Glenn in the playoffs if he hadn’t played yet in the regular season?
There’s a reason we kept him on the roster. He had a surgery, he hoped to come back. We’re holding a spot and we’d like for him to come back if he can do it at a high level. Like we did with Greg Ellis, when he’s ready then he’ll play. We don’t know when.

Patrick Crayton injury?
He practiced the full practice today. He seems to be never hurt even though he has injuries.

Alan Ball?
We’ve been wanting to bring him up all season. The problem is the 45-man roster, we think he has a bright future. I think there was a possibility of other teams signing him. I’d say if your 12-1 they’ll look at your practice squad. They think you have good players, they don’t know it’s just good coaching (joke). (Will you bring Remi back to the PS if he clears waivers?) We’ll see what happens today, I haven’t been notified about Remi yet. (But is that the plan?)  That would be the case, we talked to him about it. (Ed. note -Someone said at the press conference that he wasn’t claimed so I guess he’ll be back.)

Is Philly different as a team in anyway from before?
Not a whole lot different. They lost the last three games by 10 points. They are in the top 10 overall on offense and defense. They've lost close games, they got the QB back, he was moving around better than he was the first time we saw them. They’ve been successful here in Dallas. We expect a real challenge. You look at the first game and both teams scout that and come back with something new. You get to know each other real well. It helps both teams and usually it means a close game. Only two teams have ever gone undefeated in the division. It’s hard to beat teams two times.

Donovan McNabb?
He came back off the knee and then was out a while. They don’t turn the ball over, he doesn’t throw interceptions, they play sound defense, and they got a great all-purpose guy in Westbrook. They’ve just lost some close games, but they’re a good team. Their coach is 12-5 against the Cowboys.

(Disclaimer: These press conference recaps are just paraphrases of what Wade Phillips says and aren’t vetted for total accuracy on quotes. I shorten and condense things he says but try to get across the intended meaning. Occasionally, what I post loses the context of something Wade said and may appear counter-intuitive. If you have questions about something from the press conference, feel free to ask in the comments.)