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Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott moving through concussion protocol

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Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott moving through concussion protocol

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, but he's getting closer. 

And head coach Doug Pederson thinks Elliott will be able to play Sunday. 

"I do believe and I feel in the bottom of my heart that Jake will be ready," Pederson said. 

Elliott suffered a concussion in the first half of the game against the Cowboys, which forced the Eagles to finish the game without a real kicker. Kamu Grugier-Hill filled in on kickoffs and the offense went for two-point conversions after touchdowns. 

"Obviously, we'll take it day by day with [Elliott] and we're hoping obviously," Pederson said. "At the same time, we have to have a backup plan if that doesn't come true. As of right now, everything is looking good for him, where he's at right now."

While Elliott hasn't cleared the concussion protocol, he is apparently moving through it quickly. He was in meetings Wednesday and even participated in practice. He's apparently in Stage 4 of the NFL's concussion protocol, which allows him to kick. 

If Elliott isn't ready for game action Sunday, the Eagles have a couple options. The first would be to bring back Caleb Sturgis from injured reserve. Sturgis hurt his hip in the opener, which actually allowed Elliott to come in and win the job. 

Sturgis has been kicking and rehabbing and Pederson said Sturgis is "close" to being able to return. In order to activate Sturgis, the Eagles would need to cut someone to create a roster space. 

But if Sturgis and Elliott are both not ready for the game Sunday against the Bears, the Eagles would need to go outside of the organization and sign a kicker. They're obviously hoping they don't have to do that. 

Either way, the Eagles are going to have a kicker against the Bears. When asked if he would consider going into a game without a real kicker, Pederson flatly said "no." 

"You definitely want somebody that can kick," Pederson said. "A professional kicker."

Grugier-Hill filled in adequately on kickoffs against the Cowboys but did not attempt an extra point or field goal. He became the emergency kicker after Chris Maragos was lost for the season with a torn PCL. 

Maragos was at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and said he got a kick out of watching Grugier-Hill kick off. He texted him to compliment him on his "golden toe." 

Eagles' Super Bowl odds dip after Carson Wentz injury

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Eagles' Super Bowl odds dip after Carson Wentz injury

Carson Wentz's injury is obviously a blow to the Eagles, but the oddsmakers out in Vegas still like them ... just not as much as the Vikings.

The Birds, who began last week as 6/1 favorites in the NFC, now sit at 9/1 according to Bovada after the costly division-clinching win over the Rams in LA on Sunday that cost Wentz his season with a torn left ACL.

While not a huge hit, the dip in odds still dropped the Eagles from the favorites perch in the NFC. Now Minnesota is the conference favorite at 8/1. The Vikings, who lost to Carolina on Sunday, were 17/2 at the beginning of last week.

So, if we read into the odds, the Wentz injury, according to oddsmakers, helps the Vikings more than it hurts the Eagles. Super Bowl 52, of course, will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Vikings.

The Rams (12/1 to 16/1) and Saints (10/1 to 14/1) also saw drops this week after losses. The Packers saw the biggest jump in the NFC, going from 33-1 to 18-1 after an OT win and Cleveland and with Aaron Rodgers return on the horizon.

Heading into next week's game at the Giants, the Eagles sit as the top seed in the NFC with the Vikings, Rams and Saints following in order.

Nightmare confirmed: Carson Wentz has torn ACL

Nightmare confirmed: Carson Wentz has torn ACL

The nightmare was confirmed Monday by Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz is out for the season with a torn left ACL.

There was thought to be a chance Wentz avoided the worst-case scenario when he was involved in a collision in the end zone late in the third quarter of Sunday's win in Los Angeles, but the Eagles now face the reality of a playoff run without their superstar QB and leading MVP candidate.

Pederson said Monday that it appeared Wentz actually suffered the knee injury before the contact on his dive into the end zone, which was called back because of a penalty.

The head coach stressed that the Eagles — already a resilient team in 2017 following the season-ending losses of Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks, Darren Sproles and special teams ace Chris Maragos — can overcome the devastating injury to Wentz.

“If there’s ever an opportunity for me as a head football coach to rally the troops, this might be the time," Pederson said.

Pederson added that he expects Wentz to be around the team and "put his coaching hat on." He said it was too early to speculate when Wentz would be able to practice or play again.

In other injury news, second-round rookie cornerback Sidney Jones has been cleared to practice and will for the first time this season. Jones tore his Achilles at his pro day in early March.

Left guard Stefen Wisniewski (ankle) is day to day and should be able to return Sunday against the Giants.