Kendricks, Sproles Limited Again

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Darren Sproles were listed as limited participants for the second straight day Thursday.

Kendricks once again lined up alongside DeMeco Ryans during individual drills, but sat out for a spell and stood alongside a trainer with his helmet off before rejoining the action.

“He won’t play this week,” said one of the defensive players. Others weren’t as sure.

Kendricks has not addressed the media this week.

Jason Kelce (hernia) and Evan Mathis (knee) were also limited. DeMeco Ryans (groin),  Jaylen Watkins (wrist) and Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced in full.

There have been no indications that Matthew Tucker will be called up from the practice squad. One teammate we talked to expects Sproles to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Polk will be the primary backup and Trey Burton will be the emergency back as he was against the Giants.

Mathis Returns; Sproles, Kendricks Limited

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis showed off the large brace caging his left knee at his locker stall Wednesday afternoon. He gave the black contraption a smack and lifted his leg this way and that to demonstrate that he had good range of motion. The All-Pro guard had just wrapped up his first practice since suffering an MCL injury in the opener against Jacksonville, and was clearly pleased with how it went.

“It felt great. I was really looking forward to getting back out there and was trying to go into it with the mindset like I wasn’t hurt and not try to favor anything, and it held up as good as it could hold up,” he said. “I didn’t feel any instability, I didn’t feel any weakness. Counting this week I have three full weeks of practice before I have to play so I think that’s going to be ample time to get back to right where I need to be.” Read more »

Kendricks Runs With Ones; Sproles Practices

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles are getting closer to full strength.

The pads were on as the team gathered inside the bubble at the NovaCare Complex Wednesday. Mychal Kendricks, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis were all suited up and took part in individual drills during the portion of training open to the media.

Kendricks was paired with DeMeco Ryans during linebacker drills, a positive sign as he preps to play for the first time since suffering a calf strain Week 2 against the Colts.

Sproles was moving pretty well. He did some running and cutting at about half-speed and ran routes. Other than a little flexing of his left leg in-between plays, he seemed OK.

Mathis practiced for the first time since injuring his MCL against the Jaguars in the opener. He is not eligible to play until November 10 against Carolina. This week, Mathis suggested  Kelce could be ready for the Houston game next Sunday. While Kelce is not ready to commit to that, he got some work in for the second straight day.

The only player who sat out Wednesday was Brad Smith (abdomen).

Williams: Chip Has Shortened Practice

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

The morning after he popped off about how the intense training regimen was negatively affecting this team, Cary Williams came to the NovaCare Complex to have a sitdown with Chip Kelly. Both coach and player spoke their minds, and Williams walked away with a better understanding of Kelly’s methods.

Could be that Kelly took something from that conversation as well.

“Changes were made,” said Williams at his locker stall Tuesday. “I don’t know if they were made necessarily [as a result of] the conversation. Chip may have already had those things in mind anyway.” Read more »

Sproles, Kendricks, Kelce Suit Up For Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked to provide a health update at the start of his press conference Tuesday.

“They’re all back,” he said.

Well, almost. Darren Sproles (MCL), Mychal Kendricks (calf) and Jason Kelce (sports hernia) were all in uniform and participated in warm-ups at the start of practice. Chris Polk (hamstring) was out there as well. Evan Mathis has been cleared for a return but by rule is not able to practice until tomorrow. Brad Smith (abdomen) was the only player sidelined because of injury. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: State Of the Running Game

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ running back situation behind LeSean McCoy is a bit unsettled as preparations begin for Arizona.

Darren Sproles suffered an MCL sprain against the Giants before the bye. Chip Kelly suggested he could be out a week or two. Some feel that is an optimistic timeline. Either way, there needs to be a contingency plan if Sproles can’t suit up against the Cardinals, as expected.

Chris Polk plans on practicing in some capacity this week with the hope of playing Sunday. The third-year back hurt his hamstring against the Rams and was forced to sit the Giants game out. With Sproles and Polk sidelined, tight end Trey Burton got some carries late against the Giants when McCoy needed a breather.

The question facing the Eagles is this: Do they stand pat and hope Polk’s hamstring holds up, or do they make a move for insurance purposes? Read more »

Mathis: Kelce Could Be Back For Texans Game

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis provided an offensive line progress report Monday, and it was all good.

During an appearance on Philly Sports Talk, Mathis revealed that he has been cleared to return to practice. Players who are placed on short-term injured reserve are allowed to practice after six weeks and return to game action after eight weeks. The first game he is eligible to play in is the Monday, November 10 matchup against Carolina.

Both Mathis and Jason Kelce had targeted Nov. 10 as their return date. According to Mathis, Kelce could be back even sooner than that. Read more »

Notes: Kendricks Update; McNabb Talks Foles

Kendricks

Mychal Kendricks offered this nugget in a post on his website Monday about his road to recovery:

I’ll be in practice this week pushing forward to do what I set out to complete while not seeing this as a setback but as a way forward.

Kendricks has not played since suffering a calf strain against the Colts in Week 2. The standout linebacker has done some light work on the field over the past couple weeks but has yet to practice. Read more »

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