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Eagles LT Jason Peters, LB Jordan Hicks carted off with injuries

Eagles LT Jason Peters, LB Jordan Hicks carted off with injuries

Updated: Oct. 24, 8:19 a.m.

Nearly the entire Eagles team met on the field to wish Jason Peters well as the future Hall of Fame offensive tackle was carted off the field.

The injury certainly didn't look good.

Peters went down early in the third quarter when Washington defensive lineman Ziggy Hood fell on his right leg. Peters was seemingly in a lot of pain as he grasped at his right knee. Trainers brought out an air cast to immobilize the leg.

Fans chanted Peters’ name as he was carted off the field.

Peters was officially ruled out for the rest of the game with a right knee injury.

Eagles analyst Seth Joyner, citing an anonymous source, said on Eagles Postgame Live that it was an MCL and ACL injury for Peters. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the team does not believe he tore his ACL. 

With Peters out, backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai came in at left tackle and Lane Johnson stayed at right tackle. If Peters is out for an extended period of time, it's likely Johnson would flip sides.

Peters wasn’t the lone Eagles starter to be lost for the night.

Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was injured on the second play of Monday night's game against the Redskins. 

Hicks almost was carried off the field without being able to place any weight on his right leg. After getting checked out on the sideline, he was carted into the Eagles' locker room. 

After the Eagles originally said Hicks was questionable to return, they ruled him out a little while later. 

Per Joyner, citing the anonymous source, the injury was to Hicks' Achilles.

Hicks was in some clear pain coming off the field. As he waited for the cart, he was consoled by injured safety Chris Maragos, who was lost for the season in Carolina. 

Doug Pederson didn't disclose specifics of the injuries after the game and said the Eagles would know more on Tuesday.

Coming into Monday's game, Hicks was listed as questionable with a calf injury. He said he hurt his calf after overcompensating for his injured ankle. On Saturday, when asked if he was 100 percent, Hicks said "who is?" 

Hicks played in all 16 games last season but has struggled with injuries dating back to his years in college. He played eight games as a rookie in 2015 before tearing his pec. 

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was inactive on Monday, so the Eagles were down to Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode and Joe Walker in their base defense. It sounds like Kendricks will be ready for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

"He was close. I think he'll be ready to go this week," Pederson said. "We'll evaluate him again tomorrow and get him ready to go."

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."