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).

Mathis: Kelce Could Be Back For Texans Game

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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 »

Kelce Sets Target Date For Return

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

If everything goes according to plan, the Eagles will have Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis back on November 10 against the Panthers.

Kelce is a little over a week removed from sports hernia surgery and is getting around well. He expects to be jogging by the end of the week and will begin lifting again once the inflammation goes down. The typical recovery time for this injury is a six-to-eight weeks. While it’s too early to know precisely when Kelce will be back, he has targeted the Monday night game against Carolina for his return, which would be just shy of the six-week mark post-surgery. Read more »

Notes: The New-Look Offensive Line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal who would be starting at left guard and right tackle this week in place of the injured Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre, but the early portion of practice Wednesday seemed to paint the picture.

Dennis Kelly was working at left guard with the first unit and Andrew Gardner was at right tackle.

“I think we’re better here than in most places I’ve been because we get so many reps in practice, in our training sessions, that the guys that are going to fill in — just like the guys that did on Sunday — have a better opportunity to do so,” said Shurmur. “Everybody deals with it. It’s rare when you have to put two new guys in a game, we’ve all dealt with having to put in one, but the guys that went in did a great job and I think it’s a function of our culture and our practice that they were able to do it so well.” Read more »

Goode To IR; Mathis To Short-Term IR

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced a series of moves Tuesday.

They placed  Allen Barbre (ankle) and Najee Goode (torn pectoral muscle) on Injured Reserve and placed Evan Mathis (medial collateral ligament) on Injured Reserve Designated For Return. Mathis is eligible to practice with the team in six weeks and to return to play in eight weeks.The team also signed Emmanuel Acho and Kevin Graf from the practice squad and made the signing of guard/tackle Wade Smith official.

Originally claimed off waivers in 2013, Goode was the primary backup at inside linebacker behind Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Acho and Casey Matthews are the backups at the moment, though there was a report that the team was taking a look at some linebackers this week.

Acho (6-2, 240) appeared in six games for Philadelphia in 2013 after being selected from the New York Giants practice squad prior to Week 8. The 23-year-old was re-signed to the practice squad in August. Graf (6-6, 309) was signed to the Eagles practice squad after spending training with the team. He started 39 games at right tackle at USC and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2013.

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