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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz (hamstring) will play vs. Broncos

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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz (hamstring) will play vs. Broncos

Zach Ertz will be good to play on Sunday, head coach Doug Pederson said. 

He wasn't ready to definitely say Jay Ajayi will. 

Ertz, who popped up on the Eagles' injury report on Thursday, simply had some tightness in his hamstring, so they "backed him down." Pederson said his star tight end should be good to practice on Friday and play Sunday. 

Meanwhile, Pederson wouldn't commit to playing new running back Ajayi, who was acquired in a trade with the Dolphins earlier this week. 

"I haven't (made a decision) yet," Pederson said. "I have to get through today. It's a big day. Red zone obviously. There's a lot of things, moving parts down there. I want to make sure we get through today first before we make that decision."

Pederson said the Eagles have limited Ajayi's exposure to the playbook this week. They have given him just 10 to 15 plays, but Pederson said those plays are a good sampling of everything they do on offense. It seems likely Ajayi might have at least a limited role if he's active on Sunday. What might help is that many of the runs the Dolphins use are similar to what the Eagles run. 

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said it's "tough" for a team to bring in a player like this and expect him to play right away. He anticipates that if Ajayi plays, it'll just be run plays and he won't be asked to do anything else.   

"He's done a nice job," Pederson said. "He's a smart guy. He comes from an offense that uses very similar terminology so he's familiar with that. He's picked it up. He's had some extra meetings with Duce this week. We're trying to get him up to speed as fast as he can and we can. He's done a nice job."

Cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle) will be listed as questionable for the third straight week. 

But don't bet on Darby playing, especially with the bye week looming. The Eagles can let him rest for two more weeks before bringing him back at Dallas on Nov. 19.

Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

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Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown as the Chargers (5-6) moved within 1 1/2 games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, in a damaging defeat for their fading playoff hopes.

Dallas, playing its 50th Thanksgiving game, finally ended a touchdown drought at a team-record 10 quarters on Rod Smith's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Keenan Allen had a career-high 172 yards on 11 catches with a touchdown, giving him 23 grabs for 331 yards and three scores in the past two games (see full recap).

Vikings beat Lions, stay on Eagles' heels
DETROIT — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score all in the first half to give the Minnesota Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Lions 30-23 Thursday.

The Vikings (9-2) took a huge step toward winning the NFC North, taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.

Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage.

Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes to Kyle Rudolph that gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter.

The Lions rallied to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter on Matthew Stafford's second TD pass to Marvin Jones.

Xavier Rhodes ended Detroit's comeback hopes with an interception at the Detroit 37 late in the game (see full recap). 

Redskins beat Giants in turkey of a Thanksgiving game
LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time.

The first half, in particular, was devoid of highlights: The NFC East rivals combined for nine punts and only six points.

But Cousins led Washington (5-6) on two TD drives in the second half, connecting with Jamison Crowder on a 15-yarder in the third quarter that broke a 3-all tie, and with Josh Doctson on a 14-yarder with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the game.

In between, cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted Cousins' pass and returned the ball 53 yards to make it 10-all.

In the second half, the Giants (2-9) had one possession end with an interception by Eli Manning, four end with punts and another when they turned the ball over on downs (see full recap). 

Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

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Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol but it looks likely that he’ll be able to play on Sunday.

Elliott was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after being a limited participant on Wednesday. In Phase 4 of the concussion protocol, players are allowed to participate in non-contact drills.

Elliott suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday’s game in Dallas and the team played the second half without a kicker. If Elliott can’t play against the Bears the Eagles will either bring back Caleb Sturgis from IR or sign an outside kicker.

While Elliott was able to practice  on Thursday, Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) did not practice. Allen has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Rodney McLeod (oblique) was a full participant on Thursday.