The Eagles have somehow continued to win with a patchwork defense, but coordinator Sean McDermott's still excited to see a couple of familiar faces return to the lineup. Judging by practice this week, it looks like starting linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) and cornerback Joselio Hanson (four-game suspension) will pick up right where they left off. Hanson will return to the nickel role, which will help solidify the Eagles' banged-up secondary.
It will also help take pressure off Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown, who have held up well while playing through injuries. Veteran linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has now found his legs and he'll continue to help out against the run. On offense, rookie Jeremy Maclin has been wearing a protective boot this week because of plantar fasciitis. On Thursday, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he didn't think the foot injury would hinder Maclin against the Giants.
With Jordan, Hanson and DeSean Jackson all returning to the lineup this Sunday, the Eagles could be ready to soar into the playoffs. They're currently tied with the Cowboys at 8-4 but they appear to have the more favorable schedule. The Cowboys will host the Chargers on Sunday and then travel to New Orleans the following Saturday.