Zach Ertz, Leodis McKelvin Uncertain For Week 2

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz and Leodis McKelvin will not practice Thursday, but they haven’t been ruled out for the Eagles’ game Monday night against the Bears, according to Doug Pederson. Everyone else on the 53-man roster will practice, including Trey Burton, who didn’t play against the Browns because of a calf injury.

If Burton takes Ertz’s spot in Chicago, Pederson noted the game plan will not change “at all.” The Eagles’ head coach added that he had a plan to get Burton involved against Cleveland if he would’ve played. Ertz, meanwhile, is still battling a displaced rib below his left collarbone that he injured in the first quarter on Sunday.

“He’s progressed well. He’s feeling better. We just can’t risk putting him back out there right now with any kind of contact on that shoulder,” Pederson said. “This rib is just displaced about seven millimeters. It just has to work itself back together, tighten whatever is up in there.” Read more »

Carson Wentz Will Have A ‘Memorable’ Debut

Fletcher Cox and Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox and Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

In this week’s installment of Weekend Reading, let’s take a look at some of the best Eagles stories on the internet before the Birds take on the Browns on Sunday.

But first, the Eagles re-signed linebacker Najee Goode, bringing the team back to the maximum of 53 players:

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Marcus Smith Suffers Concussion, Ertz Frustrated

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Marcus Smith suffered a concussion during practice on Friday, the Eagles announced. Jordan Matthews suffered a left knee sprain, but Doug Pederson told SiriusXM that Matthews will just be sore for a few days. Mike Martin (left knee sprain) also left practice early, while Nolan Carroll (ankle) was given the day off.

Zach Ertz, who was also evaluated for a head injury, was cleared, but he said he was “not happy” with how some of his teammates have approached the hitting periods. Ertz was hit low by Blake Countess today and by Rodney McLeod two days ago, while Matthews was hit low by Jalen Mills when he suffered his injury.

“Guys gotta be pros. Rookies coming in, they don’t know what the atmosphere is like, the respect that’s given in practice,” Ertz said. “I think it needs to be addressed, but it is what it is. It’s live football, so that situation is in the game. We got to get ready for it. Obviously, Jordan and I getting hurt today, you don’t want to see that.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Ertz’s Elusive Breakout Year

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz rolled his eyes and sighed, slightly irritated by yet another question about “breaking out.”

Do you think you’ll finally do so this year? What’s held you back in the past? What would that mean to you?

“Going to the playoffs? I don’t know. Y’all define that,” Ertz said. “I mean, I go out there and do the best I can each and every day. I’m not focused on ‘breaking out,’ I’m focused on being the best I can for my teammates. Catching as many balls [and] making as many good blocks as I possibly can.” Read more »

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