Notes: Peters Dealing With Pinched Nerve

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Jason Peters has been dealing with a pinched nerve, turns out. The pain is in his quad, but 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.

That helps explains the scene that unfolded in Carolina, the tackle writhing in pain before being carted off the field. The injury was described as “back spasms” at the time.

He was unable to suit up against the Cowboys. It was his first missed start since returning from an Achilles injury in 2013.

“It was tough, especially going back to Dallas — that’s where I’m from — and going against [Greg] Hardy, which I wanted to do. It was tough for me. I just kind of played through Lane [Johnson].”

Peters was complimentary of Johnson’s performance against the Cowboys. He is hopeful to take the left tackle position back over soon, though. He described his chances of playing against the Dolphins as “50-50”, saying he needed to see how he feels as he goes through the practice week.

“If I had to make a decision today, I’d tell Coach I would play,” he said. “But it’s going to be up to him and how I feel.”

DeMeco optimistic

DeMeco Ryans said he is “very optimistic” about his chances of playing Sunday. The veteran linebacker has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. Ryans was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on the injury front: Malcolm Jenkins (concussion) worked off to the side with a trainer but did not participate. Chip Kelly said he expects the safety back Thursday. Jerome Couplin (shoulder) was also held out of training.

Peters, Riley Cooper (toe) and Josh Andrews (head) were limited.

DeMarco Murray was listed on the report with a groin injury. He participated in full, as did Ryan Mathews (groin), Nelson Agholor (ankle),  Kiko Alonso (knee) and Trey Burton (hamstring).

Brad Jones released; Vandervelde signed (again)

Josh Andrews suffered a concussion in practice Wednesday and, as a result, is not able to play in Sunday’s game against Miami. In a related move, the Eagles signed Julian Vandervelde for offensive line depth and released linebacker Brad Jones.

If you’re scoring at home, this is the sixth time Vandervelde has been re-signed by the Eagles.