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Boykin back, ready for challenge of Marshall
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Brandon Boykin believed all along he’d be OK.

Even when he was diagnosed with a concussion.

“I felt good after the game,” Boykin said. “I thought and I felt like I’d be fine.”

Boykin, the second-year cornerback who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, returned to practice Thursday, just four days after suffering a concussion during the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings at the Metrodome.

It’s an unusually quick return after a concussion, but Boykin was cleared through every phase of the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol in time to practice Thursday afternoon.

“They just wanted my reaction time to be back on point,” he said. “A lot of times that can get worse over the week, so they just wanted to make sure I was steady with that and I was ready to go.”

Boykin played in all 53 possible games at Georgia and has played in all 30 games since he joined the Eagles.

Barring a setback, he expects to play Sunday night, when the Eagles face the Bears at the Linc.

"Very happy," Boykin said after the Eagles’ rare late-season outdoor practice Thursday. "I hate missing games. I hate missing practice. It makes you feel like you’re out of the loop and you don’t know what’s going on, so I’m glad I got back and have a chance to get adjusted before the game."

Boykin got hurt at the end of a 36-yard kickoff during the third quarter.

“I got flipped,” he said. “I got cut at the knees and went airborn and landed on the -- I call it cement, because that turf is very hard in Minnesota.

“Facemask came down and hit my nose and I was bleeding. I didn’t black out, I remember everything that happened, and that was a good sign.”

Boykin said the concussion was his second. He suffered one in college but also didn’t miss any games.

“Things like that are out of control when you play hard,” Boykin said. “Pray nothing happens [again].”

Boykin faces quite a challenge Sunday. The Bears own the No. 2 offense in the NFL, with two receivers -- Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery -- that are both on pace for at least 90 receptions and 1,350 yards (see story).

“You’re talking about guys who are 6-3, 6-4, and both playing at a very, very high level,” Boykin said. “Normally, you have two good guys but one of them is better than the other. I don’t think that’s the case. They can throw to either one of them. Either one is capable of making plays.”

Marshall and Jeffery both spend time in the slot, but Boykin will likely be matched up against Marshall more than Jeffery.

"There are times he’ll be in the slot specifically and they look for him," Boykin said. "So I plan on being matched up with him a lot."