Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice


Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice

The Eagles are hitting the home stretch of the 2017 regular season. 

And there are still no plans to let Sidney Jones practice. 

"Not right now," head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. "He's obviously still doing well with his rehab. He's getting better there, and again, don't want to rush him back just yet."

Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, has been on the Non-football Injury list all season as he recovers from a torn Achilles he suffered at the Washington pro day. 

Since using the 43rd overall pick on Jones, the Eagles have been very conservative in their approach with him. They have continually said there's no need to rush him back. The superb play of the Eagles' cornerbacks this season have only allowed them to be more patient. 

Jones, 21, has been involved with the team all season. While he hasn't practiced, he is in every defensive back meeting and joins them most days at practice as a spectator. There's no real way of knowing what type of player he'll be when he finally does return, but there's a reason he would have been a target for the Birds at No. 14 without the injury. 

Jones can begin practicing at any time, but practicing would trigger a three-week window in which the Eagles would have to decide to activate him or send him to injured reserve. 

While Jones obviously won't play this week, things are looking better for Beau Allen and Trey Burton. 

Allen (knee) and Burton (back) missed Sunday's game, but were both on the practice field Wednesday afternoon as full participants. 

Joe Walker, who suffered a stinger during the game, was on the practice field but was not participating. Earlier in the week, Pederson said Walker would be a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but he did not participate in practice. 

If Walker is unable to play this weekend in Seattle, veteran Najee Goode would fill in at the MIKE position. The Eagles also signed veteran Dannell Ellerbe a couple weeks ago. 

Alshon Jeffery (foot), Jason Kelce (ankle) and Patrick Robinson (knee) were limited on Wednesday. 

Torrey Smith, Eagles not overlooking disastrous Giants

Torrey Smith, Eagles not overlooking disastrous Giants

It took him 13 games to do it, but wide receiver Torrey Smith finally had a 100 -yard receiving day last week against the Rams.

Smith and the rest of the Eagles' offense must get used to new field leadership. He and I talked about Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and the New York Giants.

Gunn: As soon as you get the word that Carson Wentz is done for the season, what was your initial thought?

Smith: Because of the way the game went, and I know that he left, Carson is a tough cat so I knew that if he wasn't going to come back to the field, it had to be something serious. And to get a text from him that it was confirmed, you see it happen all the time in this league. It's a tough blow not only for our team, but also for him as an individual. He works his tail off, and he deserves nothing but the best. It was definitely tough.

Gunn: Now it's Nick Foles' show. How much work have you gotten in with him this year, and what's the guys' confidence level that he can get the job done?

Smith: I've worked with him a little but we're all comfortable with Foles. We're comfortable with him as a player and comfortable with him as a person. He knows the offense. He knows the system. This isn't his first year in it, and he had the whole offseason. So I think we're in a great place. It's not too many teams that have a quarterback that's thrown seven touchdowns in a game, so we are ready to roll with him.

Gunn: You guys are facing a Giants team, let's face it, that is a flat-out mess right now. Dead last in the league defensively in yards allowed per game, 31st in passing yards allowed, 31st in run defense and 27th in points allowed. Your offense is going to have a field day against this defense.

Smith: Only if we make it that way. Numbers don't mean anything. In football, you have to go out and prove it every Sunday, and that's a team we have a lot of respect for. They have a lot of talent over there. Obviously, they're going through some things as an organization, coaching changes, but I tell you what, I've been on that side of the fence, and I know how hungry they are to prove it. They don't like seeing headlines or getting tweets about how terrible they are each and every day. They're out there working their tails off just like we are. We have to make sure we're bringing it on gameday.

The expanded version of my Gunn on One with Smith can be seen on Eagles Pre Game Live Sunday between 12-1 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Eagles-Giants predictions

Eagles-Giants predictions

The Eagles will have to press on without MVP candidate Carson Wentz and turn to Nick Foles.

Foles will get the chance to keep things going against a lowly Giants team in Week 15.

We’ll get our first glance of the offense without Wentz as the Eagles (11-2) visit the New York Giants (2-11) Sunday afternoon (1 p.m./FOX).

Can Foles get a win on the road and inch the Eagles closer to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs?

Our experts provide their predictions:

Reuben Frank (12-1)
Let’s be honest, the Eagles could run Matt McGloin, Matt Barkley or Aaron Murray out there Sunday afternoon and get out of East Rutherford with a win. This is the perfect first opponent for Nick Foles to make his first start of the year. Foles, 15-9 as the Eagles’ starter, has thrown just 69 passes over the last two years and is sure to have some rust as he begins the task of replacing Carson Wentz. Who better to knock the rust off than the lowly Giants? They’re 29th in the NFL in offense, 32nd in defense and playing out the string under a lame-duck interim coach. The Giants are 2-11, they’ve scored 10 offensive TDs in their last eight games and they’ve lost games this year by 10, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20 and 34 points. The Eagles won’t need a 61-yard Jake Elliott field goal this time. If Barkley were starting, I’d pick Eagles 20-7. If Murray were starting, I’d pick Eagles 17-7. If McGloin were starting I’d go 9-7 Birds. But with Foles? This one won’t be close. 

Eagles 30, Giants 7

Dave Zangaro (10-3)
The Giants are a complete mess. So no matter what you think of Foles or the Eagles' chances of winning it all after losing Wentz, they won't drop this game. 

Foles should be more than good enough to beat the NFL's second-worst defense. And there's a real chance for the Eagles to rally around their backup quarterback. I listened to a radio interview with Jeff Hostetler earlier this week and the one thing he said stood out about his magical Super Bowl run in 1990 was the support of his teammates. He said his fellow Giants really rallied around him. That's what Foles needs to happen. 

The Eagles have overcome injuries all season, but losing Wentz is by far the biggest obstacle to overcome. In many ways, he was the reason they were able to overcome all those other blows. Can they make a run without him? Well, a lot of it depends on Foles, but the rest of the team will really need to play mistake-free football because Wentz won't be there to hide those blemishes anymore. 

Oh yeah, back to this game. The Eagles are gonna win. 

Eagles 30, Giants 13

Derrick Gunn (10-3)
What a mess the Giants are right now. GM Jerry Reese fired! Head coach Ben McAdoo fired! Future Hall of Fame QB Eli Manning sits for a game and then resumes his starting role. Their offense can't score (15.3 points per game — which is 31st in the league), and their defense, which was the heart of this team in 2016, is nothing more than a distant memory. The Giants' D is 32nd overall in yards allowed, 31st in passing yards allowed, 31st in run defense and 27th in points allowed. 

The Eagles are quickly getting over the loss of Wentz, who was having an MVP season. This should be a walk in the park for the Birds even without Wentz, but you won't hear the players say that. They have a lot of respect for their wounded division foe, and as that old saying goes, "On any given Sunday." If Dallas was able to put up 30 points on the G-men, then surely the Birds can do that. You should be able to go holiday shopping by halftime.

Eagles 34, Giants 13

Ray Didinger (11-2)
The Eagles face a steeper challenge now with Wentz gone. Yes, Foles can move the offense, but he can't do all the things Wentz can do. It will be up to the coaches to draw up a game plan that is a fit for Foles. It will start with a heavy dose of the run, which is fine since the Giants are allowing 130 yards per game on the ground (31st in the league).

Jay Ajayi is becoming a bigger part of the offense — he had 15 carries for 78 yards against the Rams — so look for him to get a lot of work Sunday. For Foles to be effective, the offensive line has to play better than it did the last two weeks. The best way to protect Foles is to control the ball on the ground and let him work the passing game off play action. It's a simple formula, really.

At 2-11, the Giants are playing out the string under interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. I expect the Eagles defense to come out inspired and swarm all over Eli Manning and the undermanned New York offense. The Eagles may not score their customary 30-plus points but they will score enough to get the win and secure that playoff bye.

Eagles 24, Giants 13

Andrew Kulp (11-2)
Not sure how Foles will fare in his first start, but he's probably better than soon-to-be 37-year-old Eli Manning at this point. That and the Giants are trash.

Eagles 27, Giants 20

Corey Seidman (8-4)
This week’s prediction isn’t as easy it should’ve been, for obvious reasons. 

Gotta remember, however, that the Giants are a depleted team down their top two receivers and best cornerback. I think Nick Foles does enough to win and the Eagles play ball control. The defense should force many a three-and-out against Eli Manning, who gets the ball out rapidly but often for gains of three yards. 

Eagles 20, Giants 9