PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After three games in 11 days, the Philadelphia Eagles got a break.
That break does conclude with a game against the undefeated Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Eagles, off since losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, last Thursday night, returned to work Tuesday with a full practice.
"I mean that's just the way the schedule laid itself out," coach Chip Kelly said. "We knew it going in. We had a plan of what we were going to do. We knew (the players) needed a little bit of a break because you're playing three games in 11 days. We gave them the weekend and then Monday and now we're back together."
Kelly and the staff met Friday, Saturday, took off Sunday and we're back in Monday watching tape and preparing for the Broncos, who beat the Oakland Raiders handily on Monday night.
"Outstanding performance, offensively very difficult when you see the quarterback playing at that level right now. And he's got a lot of weapons. You got (Wes) Welker, (Demaryius) Thomas, (Eric) Decker, three good running backs. It's a tough challenge for us."
The players, while also preparing for a team off to one of the best starts in the league, enjoyed the short early-season break.
"I got my body back fresh," linebacker Trent Cole said. "I think we all needed a little break after what was it three games in 11 days. We came off a tough loss, a game we should have won, so it was good to get away a little bit. Now, we're back and we're ready to go."
For quarterback Mike Vick who followed two good games with a tough night against Kansas City, in which he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, it was time to reflect.
"It was very important to get some time off," Vick said. "Everybody had the opportunity to look at their mistakes and think about the things that they didn't do as well. I think we have a sense of what we need to do coming back as far as getting everything into place."
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson agreed the time off was good, and then took it a step further.
"Everybody was able to get away, have the weekend off and rejuvenate a little bit," Jackson said. "We worked so hard in camp, not that we got some time off I think everybody feels refreshed and is ready to go.
"We got a full week of getting ready, and they played (Monday night). It's a short week for them and us having some fresh legs and being able to go out there and run around."
Notes: Starting safety Patrick Chung sat out practice with a shoulder injury suffered in the loss to Kansas City. He'll continue to be evaluated as the week progresses. Rookie Earl Wolff replaced him with the starting defense. ...Kelly joked about playing in the high altitude of the Mile High City. "We've played there before," he said. "You play the University of Colorado, it's not that big of a deal. You play the Denver Broncos, it's a big deal."