Injury Updates: Allen, Jenkins And Patterson

Nate Allen did not practice again on Saturday because of a hamstring strain and is officially listed as questionable for Monday night’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Andy Reid said Allen will travel with the team and be a game-time decision.

If he can’t go, David Sims will get the start. The Eagles acquired Sims from the Browns before the season. He’s never played a defensive snap in the NFL and could be faced with trying to deal with Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense in his first action.

Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is listed as questionable with a knee injury, but he practiced, and Reid didn’t seem concerned about him possibly being held out.

Mike Patterson, meanwhile, very well could see his first action of the season. Patterson has been practicing with the team all week, and the Eagles have until Sunday at 4 p.m. to make a roster move, although Reid said they would likely make that decision today. If Patterson plays, he’ll likely be eased back in to the defensive line rotation.

Mardy Gilyard and Danny Watkins have both already been ruled out. Damaris Johnson is expected to resume punt-returning duties, and rookie Dennis Kelly will make his second straight start at right guard. Aside from a couple issues, Kelly held his own last week against the Falcons.

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  • Peter

    I shudder to think of what happens if Allen can’t go…

  • Wilbert M.

    Please explain how we do not pick up a safety? I realize this is apparently the most valuable position in the NFL, but how do we go into a game with no backups? Colt Anderson may be a good special teamer, but he showed he has no business being on the field on defense. Sims must have nothing to offer or he would have played over Colt. Phillip Thomas looked serviceable in the preseason, but I guess it was better to go with a dozen DL’s and no depth at safety. Andy kept blowing smoke at us about Jarrett being a player and let us get outbid for Yeremiah Bell. Stop the madness!! Andy has to go-

  • Mac

    Sims looked good.on the browns… in fact some of their fan base was shocked to see him go. Philip Thomas has off the field issues which is why no team has touched him. Hopefully sims and coleman can be good enough in this game.