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Eagles Inactives: Despite return to practice, Ronald Darby remains out vs. Redskins

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Eagles Inactives: Despite return to practice, Ronald Darby remains out vs. Redskins

Maybe next week. 

While Ronald Darby came into Monday night listed as questionable, he's not quite ready to return quite yet. He's inactive for Monday Night Football. 

Darby returned to practice this week for the first time since he dislocated his right ankle at FedEx Field in the opener against Washington. He was the only member of the team who was limited in Saturday's light practice. 

At the time of the injury, it looked like it would be season-ending, but the team was confident he would return and expected that return to come in 4-6 weeks. Darby was not made available to reporters this week. 

Mychal Kendricks is a surprise inactive on Monday night. He popped up on the injury report during the week with a hamstring injury and had been listed as questionable. Kendricks is coming off a terrific game in Carolina. With Kendricks out, Nate Gerry is active. Gerry, a draft pick, was signed off the practice squad earlier this week. 

In addition to Darby and Kendricks, the following players are inactive: Shelton Gibson, Justin Hamilton, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Chance Warmack. 

Meanwhile, Jordan Hicks (calf) and Wendell Smallwood (knee) are both active against Washington. They had been listed as questionable. 

Hicks left the Carolina game early with a calf injury he suffered during the game. He said it happened because he was overcompensating for his injured ankle. On Saturday he assured reporters he would play on Monday night. When asked if he was 100 percent, he asked who is? 

Smallwood hasn't played in the last two games after suffering a knee injury against the Chargers on Oct. 1. Head coach Doug Pederson originally said the plan was to bring him along slowly this week, but Smallwood was a full participant all week. Getting him back should be a big deal. He had taken the role of third-down back after the loss of Darren Sproles. 

Warmack actually started the game against the Giants at left guard but was beaten out by Stefen Wisniewski. Isaac Seumalo, who began the season as the LG but was pulled, is active again on Monday. Seumalo was inactive for two games until he suited up against Carolina in the last game. 

Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is active for the first time since the opener, when he suffered a wrist injury. His coaches praised Vaeao this summer, saying he had a great training camp. 

Here are Washington's inactives: S DeShazor Everett, CB Josh Norman, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, G Tyler Catalina, OT Ty Nsekhe, TE Jeremy Sprinkle, DL AJ Francis. 

Norman was ruled out on Saturday. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee) and Bashaud Breeland (knee) are both active. 

Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

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Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

The Eagles will catch a huge break on Sunday night. 

According to NFL Network, the Cowboys are going to be without All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who has been dealing with groin and back injuries.

Smith missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so even if he did play on Sunday, he wouldn't have been 100 percent. Byron Bell will start in Smith's place, according to the report. 

Bell came into the Falcons game and gave up two more sacks to Adrian Clayborn after Chaz Green gave up four. Smith is widely considered one of the best offensive tackles in the league, so the Cowboys will miss him. 

Meanwhile, in South Philadelphia, there was a surprise on the Eagles' injury report Thursday. Alshon Jeffery was limited by an ankle injury. 

Nothing to worry about, though. 

"I'll be all right," Jeffery said on Thursday afternoon. 

When asked if he's going to be able to play on Sunday night against the Cowboys, Jeffery said, "Most definitely." 

The injury, he said, didn't happen on Thursday. It's actually been "something that's been going on." Jeffery said it wasn't a big deal and that he'll be fine. 

For the second straight day, Ronald Darby (ankle), Zach Ertz (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) were all full participants in practice. It appears all of them are going to be able to play Sunday. 

It will be the first game since the opener for Darby, who is coming back from a dislocated ankle. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye but used the extra time to heal. 

In addition to Smith, the Cowboys are also expected to be without linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) on Sunday. He's the most important piece of that defense. The Cowboys are obviously also without running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is serving the second game of his six-game suspension. 

Dez Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play through his injury this weekend.

Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

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Terrell Owens says he'd rather play with Carson Wentz than Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens says he’s mended his relationship with Donovan McNabb. 

This ain't gonna help! 

Twelve years after he last played for the Eagles, Owens is still at it. 

The record-setting wide receiver told TMZ he’d rather play with Carson Wentz than McNabb, his quarterback here in 2004 and 2005.

T.O. did say it was a close call.

"I'd probably go with Carson Wentz,” Owens said in a video interview taken on the street in L.A. suburb Beverly Grove. “Look at what he's done, and what is this — Year 2?”

Playing with McNabb in 2004, Owens enjoyed one of his finest seasons, with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns in just 14 games. He added 9-for-122 in the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

Owens was off to an even better start in 2005, with 47-for-763 and six TDs through seven games, before he was suspended and eventually released for behavior disruptive to the team.

Wentz’s projected numbers this year through nine games are similar to McNabb’s in 2004:

McNabb: 64 percent, 31 TDs, 8 INTs, 3,875 yards, 104.7 passer rating [essentially in 14 games]

Wentz projected: 61 percent, 41 TDs, 9 INTs, 4,021 yards, 104.1 passer rating

Wentz is certainly ahead of McNabb, who made the Pro Bowl in his second season but threw only 21 touchdowns all year. McNabb never had a passer rating over 86 until his sixth season. But he did win nine playoff games and remains the greatest quarterback in Eagles history ... for now.

"The upside for him is through the roof,” Owens said of Wentz. “He’s definitely making his case for (MVP)."

T.O. finished his career with the Cowboys, Bills and Bengals. He ranks second to Jerry Rice in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, eighth with 1,078 catches and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

McNabb was instrumental in bringing Owens to Philadelphia, but their relationship was strained by late 2004 and deteriorated further that offseason.

McNabb has been known to be somewhat sensitive. Will McNabb be hurt by T.O.’s latest comments?

"So what?” Owens said. “If he is, it is what it is."