As the Eagles hit the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparations to play Seattle on Sunday afternoon, they were without their best receiver.
According to head coach Doug Pederson, Jordan Matthews “had some back spasms that flared up on him.”
The Eagles held Matthews out of Wednesday practice, but Pederson said Matthews “should be good for the game” on Sunday.
This season, Matthews has 48 catches for 580 yards and three touchdowns.
The rest of the receivers still on the roster have a combined 47 catches for 527 yards and two touchdowns.
Starting cornerback Nolan Carroll, who’s still in the concussion protocol, and reserve safety Terrence Brooks (right hamstring strain) were the only other Eagles to miss practice Wednesday.
Carroll suffered his concussion during the first half of Sunday’s win over Atlanta. Rookie Jalen Mills and vet Leodis McKelvin played the rest of the game. Pederson on Wednesday said that after those two, C.J. Smith is ahead of Aaron Grymes in terms of playing corner.
Brooks hurt his hamstring during the Giants game and was inactive against the Falcons. Pederson called him “week to week,” which means he very likely won’t be able to play on Sunday.
The other 50 players on the roster practiced Wednesday. That included Allen Barbre, who practiced in full after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury suffered early against Dallas. While veteran Stefen Wisniewski did a nice job filling in, Pederson on Wednesday said Barbre is still the team’s starting left guard.
Defensive tackle Taylor Hart (ankle), who hasn’t been able to play since returning to the team before the Dallas game, and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring), who has missed the last three games, participated fully.
Tight end Zach Ertz (hamstring) was a limited participant.