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Eagles Injury Update: Brent Celek (ribs) returns to practice

Eagles Injury Update: Brent Celek (ribs) returns to practice

A fractured rib would probably slow an average person down for quite a while. Brent Celek is not an average person. 

He’s going to play a football game on Sunday. 

Celek, who sat out Wednesday’s practice to rest his ribs, was back at practice on Thursday as a limited participant and expects to play this Sunday against the Falcons at the Linc. 

“I mean, it hurts, it’s pain,” Celek said. “But pain is pain. I can live with it. As long as it doesn’t kill me, make me stronger.”

Celek, 31, has battled through numerous injuries during his 10-year NFL career and has missed just one game. That came during 2012, when he missed one with a concussion. He hasn’t missed a game since, a streak of 58 straight. 

“It’s just football, man,” Celek said. “It’s part of this game. You have injuries. You’re never going to feel 100 percent. But I’m alright. I’ll be good.”

Celek said he didn’t know on which play he suffered the injury against the Giants and declined to say if he fractured more than one rib. He didn’t want to give up any information the Falcons could use against him. 

The veteran tight end doesn’t normally wear any protection around his ribs, but will obviously wear a flak jacket this weekend – “I don’t think it hinders my mobility at all,” he said. 

While Celek was back at practice on Thursday, left guard Allen Barbre (hamstring) was not. Stefen Wisniewski is in line to start his second straight game. 

Safety Terrence Brooks (hamstring) also missed Thursday’s practice, while Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) and Taylor Hart (ankle) were limited.

McKelvin was a full participant on Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday. 

Bennie Logan (groin) was a full participant again Thursday and is looking forward to returning after a three-game absence.

Eagles place special teams ace Chris Maragos on injured reserve

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Eagles place special teams ace Chris Maragos on injured reserve

The Eagles will be without one of their best special teamers the rest of the way. 

The team officially placed special teams ace Chris Maragos (knee) on injured reserve on Thursday morning. 

Maragos went down on punt coverage in the fourth quarter last week against the Panthers. Maragos was in pain and was seen leaving the stadium with a huge brace on his right knee. 

To fill his roster spot, the Eagles have promoted linebacker and fifth-rounder Nate Gerry to the active roster. The Eagles also signed WR Rashard Davis to fill Gerry's spot on the practice squad. 

Gerry is converting from college safety to NFL linebacker but could play a role on special teams. 

Maragos, 30, needed to play on defense a few weeks ago because of injury but his main role with the team is as a special teams ace. He has played more special teams snaps (126) than any other player on the Eagles and is tied for the team lead with six special teams tackles.

He was also voted as one of the Eagles' five captains for the season. The Eagles have two offensive captains, two defensive captains and Maragos was their special teams captain. 

Last November, Maragos signed a three-year extension worth $6 million that goes through the 2019 season.

Zach Ertz loves facing 'Skins and not just because of his crazy numbers

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Zach Ertz loves facing 'Skins and not just because of his crazy numbers

Zach Ertz loves playing the Redskins. And not just because he's put up crazy numbers against them the last five years.

He just loves the rivalry.

"That's probably the one team it's the most fun to play against, in my opinion, because there's been so many great battles," Ertz said.

"Even though we've lost some of them, they're all very close games, and the fans are so close to one another that they really hate us and we really don't like them."

Ertz has 54 catches for 531 yards in nine career games against the Redskins. 

Only two tight ends in history — Jason Witten (125 in 28 games) and Jackie Smith (62 in 27 games) — have more career receptions against the 'Skins. And only two active players have more catches vs. the Redskins than Ertz: Witten and Dez Bryant (58 in 12 games).
 
"I just like going against the Redskins I guess," he said. "The opportunities have been there the last couple games. It's a fun environment.
  
"It's really just having my number called and making the most of my opportunities."

Ertz has been here for five years now. He's been on some good teams and he's been on some bad teams.
 
Six weeks into this season, there's one thing that sets this team apart.
 
"I think it's a loose group, honestly," he said. "We're all pretty young, and none of us have been in this situation before so we're all kind of taking it day by day and just enjoying it.
 
"That's the thing that's stuck out to me this year. In years past we've maybe been a little tight, but I feel like this group is real loose and confident in our abilities.
 
"I think we've got a lot of guys that love the process. I know it's cliche in this city, but a lot of guys truly do love it here."
 
The Eagles, 5-1 with a four-game winning streak, are the hottest team in the NFL going into their NFC East showdown with the 3-2 Redskins at the Linc Monday night.
 
Head coach Doug Pederson made some significant changes this year in the way the Eagles practice. In past years, the first-team offense rarely practiced against the starting defense. This year, they have, and it's helped.
 
"We have a lot of competitive periods during the season that we didn't have in past seasons, where it's the 1's against the 1's on third down emphasis or 1's vs. the 1's in red zone," Ertz said. "So I think we're doing a lot of good stuff. People are attacking each and every day."
 
With the Eagles' Super Bowl odds improving and their status on everybody's NFL rankings skyrocketing, a major theme in the locker room this week is ignoring the outside noise and focusing on a Redskins team that's won three of four games since losing the opener at home to the Eagles.
 
"We were 3-1 last year so obviously that didn't play out too well for us, and that's in the back of everyone's mind," Ertz said. "We started off fast and didn't make the playoffs.
 
"Luckily, it's Year 5 for me in this city and I've kind of been around and I know how it is. If you win, you're the best thing ever and if you lose, you're not very good quickly. So we're just focused on this game. 6-1 is a lot better than 5-2."