As the Eagles got to the practice field Wednesday morning, they were without several key starters.
Right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (MCL sprain), Connor Barwin (right knee bruise), Ryan Mathews (MCL Sprain), Leodis McKelvin (concussion) and Darren Sproles (seventh rib fracture) were not practicing, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Vaitai’s injury is “more significant” than the others and he's week to week, according to Pederson.
When will Vaitai return?
“It’s hard to say,” Pederson said. “It is week to week. He’s feeling better with this MCL sprain. But not sure exactly, I can’t tell you exactly how long it’s going to be, but I know it’s definitely a week to week injury.”
The other injured players have much better shots at playing this weekend, especially with an extra day before the Monday night game.
Pederson said if Mathews is able to play Monday, “he’d probably have to be more of a backup there.”
According to Pederson, Sproles has a much better shot of being healthier by game day than Mathews. Pederson said there’s a possibility the team could call up Byron Marshall from the practice squad.
“Darren is fine,” Pederson said. “We’re just holding him from practice, just to keep the rib from getting sore on him and all that. He doesn’t need to practice. He’s one of those guys. He’ll be fine with a couple days of rest.”
The Eagles’ other injured players — Terrence Brooks (hamstring), Malcolm Jenkins (knee bursitis) and Zach Ertz (hamstring) — were all practicing Wednesday morning.