Zach Ertz, Leodis McKelvin Uncertain For Week 2
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.”
While Ertz played the entire game against the Browns, McKelvin exited early with his left hamstring injury. Although Pederson labeled both Ertz and McKelvin as “week-to-week,” the Eagles haven’t made a roster move to add a fourth cornerback if McKelvin is unavailable. Pederson added that he’s “very comfortable” if rookie seventh-round pick Jalen Mills has to play cornerback, and that Mills and Ron Brooks could rotate at both outside corner and slot corner.
Lane Johnson, who is still awaiting the results of the “B” sample from his drug test, is expected to play this week because the Eagles haven’t heard back from the NFL yet, according to Pederson.