Eagles Healthy Entering Stretch Run

Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks at practice points at cameraThe Eagles are in pretty good shape from a health standpoint as they enter the home stretch.

Mychal Kendricks (knee) and Bradley Fletcher (pec) participated in practice Tuesday after sitting out against Washington. Both are expected to play Sunday against Arizona. Jason Peters (quad, pec) was also a go.

Earl Wolff was the only player sidelined. The rookie safety is still dealing with a knee injury. Chip Kelly does not expect him to be ready for Sunday, and was unsure about his availability beyond that.

“You’ve gotta have all hands on deck, and I think it is a good situation,” said Kelly. “I wish we had Earl [also] but besides that…The guys have done a really good job of taking care of themselves and putting themselves in position, so when we get out there today everybody except Earl will go.”

Michael Vick (hamstring) has been cleared to practice and, barring a setback, will serve as the No. 2 quarterback against Arizona. Nick Foles was officially named the starter for the rest of the way Tuesday. Vick, now healthy, will be waiting in the wings.

“It’s the same thing I told Nick when we met in August is what I told Mike today: He’s a chin strap from having to go in again,” said Kelly. “We need to get him back up. The thing with Mike is he’s missed a fair amount of time here, so we have to get him back up to speed.”

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    if we can beat this Arizona team, then I think this has to go down as the best timing ever for a bye week. To have everyone but Wolff for a full week of practice after we played 11 games in a row is just awesome..How many teams are in a better position than us? Of course that won’t mean anything if we don’t win, but we really can’t ask to be n a better position than we are today..

    we played 11 weeks in a row, and if you take concussions out of The equation is incredible how healthy we have been, and I find it hard to not credit the sports science and call it a lucky coincidence (serendipity). Who us healthy down the stretch is a critical component of how seasons pan out, and if this sport science stuff really works, to this level every year, that alone will make Kelly an oh SOOO valuable hire.
    let’s take the concussions out of the equation because their isn’t anything you can rally do about that…who has missed time for us this year,nudging a grueling, 11 week stretch:
    1) Chung missed a few games with a shoulder, which he has struggled with in the past
    2) Vick..hamstring injury to one of our older players
    3) Wolff Knee injury few weeks
    4) Kendricks knee missed 1 start

    We see a few players like JP leave the game but he hasn’t missed a start..who else has been injured?
    can this really be Just luck? That’s AMAZING injury luck considering we played 11 straight weeks which is A Grueling schedule…If this sports science is going to keep us relatively healthy like this going forward then we will be some seriously fortunate fans

    • DirtyWaters

      “Here’s your smoothie, Nick. Now grip it and sip it. “

    • Birds4life

      You forgot Fletcher on that list. I still count Maclin and Benn too since they were supposed to be a big part of the offense. But Benn and Fletcher have a history of being hurt.
      I agree that we are very fortunate to have so few injuries this deep into the season. Especially after all the injuries we suffered last year.

    • anon

      Eh…rather have had the bye after the cowboys game so we didn’t drop 2 due to injury. Might be the most important game of the season.

    • cliff henny

      some of it is luck. most o-line injuries are guys getting rolled up and not much anyone can do about a knee to head. some of it is just youth. my guess is if ryans got the knee hit kendricks recieved, be alot more of an issue. on offense, might help little more spread out, recievers have little more space. havent really seen many kill shots on eagles this year.

      • Chippah

        Chip has talked about some of this in the past. The spread can reduce big hits and the wear and tear that goes with them. I also think you’re right about the o-line. But it’s good to see that even our oldest position group is holding up, especially since so many were coming off serious injuries this season.

        • GumboGumbo

          It’s amazing to me that our o-line has been as healthy as they are. I was expecting at least one of the lineman to experience a set back and miss time. Peters has come close. I think it’s time to draft a replacement for Herremams tho

    • Bukester

      I notice also that at the beginning of the year, my heart would sink if a starter was injured (Chung) and a guy like Wolff came in or a guy like Boykin played something other than the nickel. Now, I feel bad when ANY of the secondary are injured. It affects us. We need them all with almost equal weight. A big jump in faith.

  • Adam

    Just gonna leave this little piece of blasphemy here.

    • GumboGumbo


    • Richard Colton

      ohh man. may have crossed a line with that one.

  • Joe from Easton

    Sports science; who knew?

  • addicted2mula

    I was just talking to another eagles fan and he was not sold on Chip Kelly. Anybody else feels the same?

    • evanphilly

      year 2 is important with a new coach. lets see how he reacts to defenses adjusting to his style of football

  • evanphilly

    “Because the legs feed the wolf, gentlemen. I can’t promise you we’ll be the best team at Lake Placid next February. But we will be the best conditioned. That I can promise you.”

    Just replace a few words here and there, and this quote rings very true with this team.

  • theedevilsadvocate

    lol like how there is someone that keeps downvoting anything related to foles.