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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Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

Philadelphia Eagles right guard Danny Watkins.The following Eagles are inactive for today’s 1 p.m. game against the Falcons: Trent Edwards, Damaris Johnson, Dion Lewis, Jamar Chaney, Danny Watkins, Nate Menkin and Vinny Curry.

The inactives are the same as a couple weeks ago against the Lions, except for Watkins (Steve Vallos didn’t dress in that game).

Starting in Watkins’ place is 6-8 rookie Dennis Kelly. Watkins missed practice on Thursday and Friday with an ankle injury that Andy Reid described as “chronic.”

“Danny has kind of a chronic ankle and he has had it for years,” Reid said after Friday’s practice. “He disturbed it in the last game and he thought it would be fine, and it didn’t work out. He came back Monday and practiced, Wednesday he practiced and he just didn’t feel right. So back him up and let the thing settle down.”

The backups on the offensive line are also worth mentioning. Demetress Bell, who started the previous four games, is your swing tackle. King Dunlap gets the start at LT. And Matt Tennant, whom the team just signed last week, is the backup guard/center.

Elsewhere offensively, Lewis continues to be an inactive. He’s only dressed for one game this season. Johnson is inactive for the second straight game. Riley Cooper will be the team’s fourth wide receiver. Mardy Gilyard and DeSean Jackson will handle punt-return duties.

On the defensive side of the ball, Phillip Hunt was questionable, but he’ll play. There was a chance that rookie second-round pick Vinny Curry would dress for the first time this season, but that won’t happen.

Be sure to join me and Tim for a live chat during the game at 1 p.m.

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Eagles Release Jarrett, Sign Gilyard

The Jaiquawn Jarrett experiment in Philadelphia has come to a close.

The former second-round pick out of Temple was released Tuesday to make room for wide receiver Mardy Gilyard.

The Eagles also signed tight end Derek Carrier to the practice squad and released fellow tight end Chase Ford.

The 22-year-old Jarrett posted 17 tackles in 12 games over a disappointing season-plus with the Eagles.

Andy Reid evoked the name of Brian Dawkins when he selected the 6-foot, 196-pounder in April of 2011 because of similarities in stature and big-hit ability. Jarrett was never able to deliver those type of bone-crunching hits that he built a reputation on; he was just unable to get in position for the most part.

The Brooklyn native never was able to steal a starting spot and appeared on the bubble as the Eagles cut down to 53 players. He survived and was expected to contribute on special teams. Coach Bobby April was touting Jarrett just this past Thursday.

“Jaiquawn Jarrett is on everything – punt, punt return, kickoff, and kickoff return. He’s playing everything and is getting better all the time. I’m really hoping, soon, that his efforts and his professionalism are going to pay off for him. I think he’s doing a really good job and I’m glad he’s on our team.”

The Eagles, though, decided to part with Jarrett in order to bolster their thinned-out receiving corps. Jeremy Maclin is a question mark because of  a hip injury and Riley Cooper (collarbone) is still unavailable. That left a void to fill.

Gilyard was with the team throughout training camp and opened a few eyes up at Lehigh. He had nine grabs for 151 yards with a pair of touchdowns this preseason. A fourth-round pick in 2010 out of Cincinnati, the 5-11  Gilyard had six grabs for 63 yards as a rookie before being released and signing with the Jets briefly last season.

With Jarrett cut, Colt Anderson and newly-acquired David Sims are the options behind Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen. This could be a sign that Anderson (ACL) is close to a return. He was a full participant at practice last week but was inactive for the game.

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