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Eagles Injury Update: Jason Peters practices Wednesday

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Eagles Injury Update: Jason Peters practices Wednesday

After leaving Sunday's game against Washington early with a groin injury, Jason Peters practiced Wednesday, as the Eagles began preparations for Kansas City. 

"Jason Peters is fine," head coach Doug Pederson said. "He'll practice today." 

Peters left Sunday's game in the second quarter. He tried to come back in the second half, but he lasted just one play before he was again replaced by backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai. 

After the game, Peters said he didn't expect to miss any more time and it looks like he was right. While he's 35 years old, Peters is still a huge part of the Eagles' offense and is their best bet at left tackle. If he does miss any extended time this season, it's likely Lane Johnson would flip to left tackle and Vaitai would replace him at right. But during games, the Eagles seem content to let Big V come in to replace him on Carson Wentz's blindside. 

As far as cornerback Ronald Darby goes, Pederson said the team is still waiting for more information and test results to come back before giving a prognosis. Either way, the Eagles will be without Darby for a while. Pederson said Darby is "week to week." 

Without Darby, the Eagles have some options. During Sunday's game, they simply plugged in Jaylen Watkins at corner. This week, they could do that, use Patrick Robinson outside and inside or keep Rasul Douglas active and let him play.

As Pederson began his press conference Wednesday, he took the time to speak about former long snapper Jon Dorenbos, who had surgery for his aortic aneurysm Tuesday. Pederson delivered some good news. 

"Everything went well with surgery and he's resting comfortably," Pederson said. "We just wish him and his family well and our prayers are with him. And hope for a speedy recovery."

The Eagles traded Dorenbos, 37, to New Orleans on Aug. 28. While in New Orleans, doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm that needed surgery. The seventh-round pick the Eagles got back in the trade has been returned to the Saints. 

Dorenbos played 162 games as an Eagle, the sixth-most in franchise history. 

Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.

Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.

Their inclusion on the list is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.

The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.

This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.

Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.

The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.

Here is the full list of semifinalists:

S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward

Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC. 

McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak. 

McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September. 

The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly. 

In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game). 

McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury. 

Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.