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Wisniewski improving but will he play Monday?

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Wisniewski improving but will he play Monday?

Updated 1:45 p.m.

Left guard Stefen Wisniewski's status for Monday night's game is up in the air. 

While Wiz has practiced in a limited fashion this week, he's questionable for the game thanks to an ankle injury that kept him out of last week's game. 

Wisniewski left the Rams game early and then missed the Giants game with a right ankle injury. This week, he has been seen with the ankle taped and with a heavier black brace on the ankle. 

"Wiz continues to get better," Pederson said. "He's practiced, obviously, in a little bit of a limited fashion. But again, he's another one that's coming along and we'll see where he's at today."

In his place last week, Chance Warmack played well. And it seems likely that the team would err on the side of caution with Wisniewski. They'd prefer to have him completely healthy for the playoffs. So if he's iffy for Monday, expect him to be inactive. 

Meanwhile, Jalen Mills (ankle) and Derek Barnett (groin), who missed practice Friday, appear likely to be ready to play Monday, even though Mills is also listed as questionable. Pederson said the day of rest was good for both of them. Mills and Barnett both practiced Saturday. 

Mychal Kendricks (foot) is also questionable but was a full participant in Saturday's practice. 

This week, even with an extra day, Pederson lightened the load for his players. He eliminated a practice and replaced it with a walkthrough. He wanted to give his team a rest and give his injured players time to heal after a three-game road trip. 

The Eagles could have the No. 1 seed wrapped up by the time they play Monday if the Vikings lose to the Packers Saturday night, but Pederson claimed the plan won't change. They have prepared all week for their starters to play. 

"Win the game," Pederson said when asked what the plan was. "To play our best players and win. I think it's important that they continue to play. If we're in that position, if we're fortunate enough to be in that position to rest, I'll make a decision at that time. But I think it's important in these next couple of games to continue to play."

Pederson wouldn't comment on how he'd handle the Cowboys game if that game ends up being meaningless.  

Carson Wentz, who had surgery to repair his torn ACL, is expected to be at Monday's game, according to Pederson. But because Wentz is still on crutches, he won't be on the sideline. 

Thanks to playing at 8:30 on Monday, Pederson was able to push the team's schedule back a little bit so his players and coaches can spend Christmas morning with their families. 

"Listen, you don't get these times back," he said. "It's too important to me and my family. I want to make sure that these players with young kids, coaches with young kids get to spend Christmas morning together."

Concert celebrating Eagles' Super Bowl season sounds pretty epic

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Concert celebrating Eagles' Super Bowl season sounds pretty epic

Eagles fans will probably never stop reliving the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

While watching highlights, wearing championship apparel and occasionally just looking in the mirror and reminding yourself, "We won the Super Bowl" are all good ways of remembering what the Birds accomplished, there's a pretty unique new way that you'll be able to experience it all over again.

On July 24, the Mann Center will be hosting "A Championship Season," a special event to honor the Eagles. 

Going by the Mann Center's description, it should be an incredible night.

The Mann Center, NFL Films, and the Philadelphia Eagles take center stage this summer to celebrate the Eagles’ Championship Season with the world premiere of this “Philly Special” concert event. Hosted by the “Voice of the Eagles,” Merrill Reese, relive NFL Films’ stunning video highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles Championship Season on three giant screens alongside the great Philadelphia Orchestra, performing live the inspiring, uplifting and wonderfully symphonic music of NFL Films. 

Part of the proceeds from "A Championship Season" will benefit the Eagles Autism Challenge and the Mann Center's free art education programs. 

If you want to be part of the epic celebration, get your tickets here

Carson Wentz was great in 2017, but there's one thing he'd like to improve

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Carson Wentz was great in 2017, but there's one thing he'd like to improve

He was among the NFL’s best in virtually every category. Fourth in passer rating. First in touchdown percentage. Eighth in interception percentage. Second in TD-to-INT ratio. He was even third in wins despite missing the last three regular-season games.

So what’s Carson Wentz’s approach going into 2018?

“I think we can improve everywhere,” he said. “Overall, I think we can keep making strides and keep our foot on the gas.”

And that starts with completion percentage.

Wentz completed just 60.2 percent of his passes last year, which ranked 23rd of 30 quarterbacks who threw at least 400 passes. 

Ahead of only Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Mitch Trubisky, Cam Newton, Trevor Siemian, Jacoby Brissett and DeShone Kizer.

Not the kind of company he wants to keep.

Wentz was so good in every other area he still fashioned a passer rating over 100. In fact, his 101.9 rating was the highest in NFL history by a quarterback completing 60.2 percent of his passes (minimum 400 attempts).

The league average last year was 62 percent. And for the sake of comparison, Nick Foles completed 64.7 percent of his passes if you combine the regular season and postseason.

Wentz dropped from 62.4 percent as a rookie to 60.2 percent last year.

Among 36 active NFL quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 1,000 passes, Wentz’s 61.5 completion percentage ranks 21st.

 “I know I’d like to see my completions go higher,” Wentz said last week. “I think I was right around 60 percent and I expect more out of myself in that area.”

After 2016, Wentz identified red zone and third down as two areas he hoped to improve on. 

And he wound up leading the NFL in both red zone efficiency (NFL-best 116.3 passer rating) and third-down efficiency (NFL-best 123.7 rating).

“Third down, red zone, we were really good,” he said. “That’s something we really focused on from Year 1 to Year 2, but we (still) all feel we can definitely improve in those areas.”

Wentz also committed nine fumbles in 13 games, and only Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson had more.

“I think we had too many fumbles,” he said. “Balls on the ground too many times.”

Wentz, now nearly five months out from his knee injury, said he’s used a lot of his extra time at the NovaCare Complex this offseason focusing on what he can improve on in 2018, and one of those things is his upper-body strength.

“With all the extra rehab and not being able to run and do a lot of things early on you’ve really just got to focus on some different things and I got to do a lot of seated throwing and trying to build my arm strength and really take care of my upper body more than I have in the past,” he said.

“It’s been an interesting process not being able to get that true conditioning and that rehab in, but it’s exciting to start easing into the running and conditioning stuff. … 

“I feel good. I definitely feel working with the strength guys, we had some friendly competition stuff with the other (injured) guys in there rehabbing and I definitely feel like I’m making some strides in there.”