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Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), Marcus Johnson, Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), Mike Martin (knee), Jordan Matthews (knee), Jason Peters (quad), Hunter Sharp, JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring), Wendell Smallwood (quad) and Marcus Smith (concussion) will not play in the Eagles’ preseason game on Thursday against the Buccaneers. Peters, however, will work out with the team during pregame workouts and be in uniform. Read more »
Jordan Matthews is “a couple weeks away” from returning to the field because of his left knee soreness, Doug Pederson said Monday morning after practice. Matthews was hit in the knee by rookie Jalen Mills on Friday, which is when Zach Ertz was also hit low, which prompted the tight end to speak out about low hits delivered by young players. Read more »
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Two of the Eagles’ best players, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters, left the practice field early Thursday with injuries.
It’s a hamstring for Jenkins and a quad for Peters, the team revealed afterwards.
Jenkins was covering Jordan Matthews one-on-one when he pulled up, then walked gingerly to the sideline. He grabbed the back of his leg while talking to a trainer, was examined briefly in the tent and then went indoors. Ed Reynolds replaced Jenkins in the secondary during the team drills immediately following the injury.
Jason Peters, meanwhile, was slow to get up following a run play. He observed practice from the sideline for a while before eventually going indoors. Matt Tobin jumped in at left tackle in his absence.
The fact that it’s his quad has to be a little concerning. That was the listed injury last year when he was in and out of the lineup and unable to round into his usual form. He explained in November that while the pain was in his quad, the root of the problem apparently is in his back.
“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said at the time.
Peters did not speak after practice and we don’t know for sure whether this is related to what he went through last year. We’ll relay any info once we get it.
“Hopefully he’s healthy,” said Lane Johnson. “We’ll see.”
“He’s been playing well, he’s been doing good, he’s been feeling good.”
Here’s what we saw at today’s open practice at Lincoln Financial Field: Read more »
Carson Wentz only has six training camp practices under his belt so far, but Doug Pederson already likes what he sees from the rookie quarterback.
“Some of the plays he’s made yesterday and through rookie camp, there’s a couple of wild plays that you just go, ‘That’s the kind of quarterback that you know you have.’ He’s right on track, where we want him to be,” Pederson said. “He’s competing every day. He’s learning in the room. He’s asking great questions in the room. Chase [Daniel] has done a great job with him in learning, as well with Sam [Bradford]. Like where he’s at right now.”
However, the plan is still for Wentz to be inactive for games, at least to start the season. Pederson explained Wentz is working to improve mechanically. Read more »
Jason Peters addressed the media today after practice, talking about Chip Kelly and what went wrong last season for the first time. He echoed many of the sentiments of his teammates, indicating the Eagles’ former coach was intolerant, predictable and bad for veterans.
The offensive lineman was particularly discouraged by Kelly’s lack of adaptability, and how the former coach didn’t make needed changes. Read more »
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