Seumalo To Start Again; Kendricks, Mills Return

Plus: Doug Pederson still hopes to have Carson Wentz back for the final preseason game.

Isaac Seumalo. (Jeff Fusco)

Isaac Seumalo. (Jeff Fusco)

Isaac Seumalo will start at left guard again when the Eagles play the Colts next Saturday, Doug Pederson announced this morning. While Seumalo doesn’t have the starting job locked up when Allen Barbre moves to right tackle, he does have the edge.

“Isaac’s really put himself in a good position to help us offensively,” Pederson said. “I feel like he’s getting better with every snap and with every rep. It wasn’t perfect — by no means — but at the same time, he’s done an outstanding job, along with Allen. Allen, I thought, had a great game at right tackle as well. He really settled into the role, and [we’ll] try to keep that same combination going this week.

“[Stefen] Wisniewski had a good camp also. I’m not going to crown (Seumalo) the starter at this point, but at the same time, he hasn’t done anything to not be the starter. Wis has done a great job to not only get some time, but also be a quality backup.”

Pederson noted that with Joe Walker’s torn ACL, undrafted free agent Don Cherry will step in as the backup middle linebacker. However, Pederson added that “something’s gonna have to be done” with Walker out, referring to potentially signing another linebacker.

Fletcher Cox is excused from practice today because his high school coach, whom Cox was very close to, passed away. Blake Countess and Caleb Sturgis will not practice because they are both in concussion protocol, but Carson Wentz will throw some today to see where the quarterback is at with his rib injury.

Jordan Matthews is still “day-to-day,” and while Pederson isn’t sure if the receiver will practice this week, he does expect Matthews to be ready for the regular season. Mychal Kendricks and Jalen Mills will both return to practice, although it’s unclear if they will be limited or full participants. Pederson also hopes to have Wentz back for the final preseason game.