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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz cleared to practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz cleared to practice

Updated: 8:30 p.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Eagles look like they will have Zach Ertz when they play the Rams at the LA Coliseum on Sunday. 

Ertz was cleared to practice Thursday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim after missing Wednesday's session. However, he was limited because he hasn't completely cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. Still, his status is trending in the positive direction.

Ertz suffered his concussion late in the third quarter in Seattle when he was hit by Bradley McDougald. Ertz's only two catches of the game came on the previous possession in the third. 

This season, Ertz has 57 catches for 663 yards and seven touchdowns. He's their second-leading receiver after Alshon Jeffery (680 yards). 

Also back at practice on Thursday was backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, who missed Wednesday with a shoulder injury. 

Joe Walker (neck) was back at practice for the second straight day after being a full participant on Wednesday. Walker missed the Seahawks game after suffering a stinger in the first half against the Bears in the previous game. 

Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz progressing through concussion protocol

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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz progressing through concussion protocol

Updated: 10:34 p.m.

COSTA MESA, Calif. — As the Eagles begin their practice week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, they'll be without one of their top playmakers. 

Zach Ertz is still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. 

According to head coach Doug Pederson, Ertz has been in meetings, which means he's at least reached the second phase of the NFL's five-phase protocol. 

"The sense is that he's doing well," Pederson said. "But again, I don't want to get into too many details about it, but he's still in the protocol and we just have to monitor him day by day."

It's possible Ertz could be cleared later in the week, after the Eagles have gone through most, if not all, of their practices. But Pederson thinks Ertz would still be able to play in that scenario.  

"In his case, he's had a lot of reps with Carson (Wentz), he's had a lot of reps with the plays that we have in the game plan," Pederson said. "I'm not as concerned with something like that. Maybe if it's an offensive or defensive lineman, linebacker, who's got to see and recognize a lot of things. We do play with a lot of multiple tight end sets. (Tight ends coach) Justin Peele does a great job preparing those guys during the week. Probably not as concerned."

Linebacker Joe Walker (neck) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Walker suffered a stinger in the first half against the Bears and missed the Seahawks game. Najee Goode played most of the snaps in his place. 

Destiny Vaeao (shoulder) missed practice. He and Ertz were the only two players to not practice. 

Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz in NFL's concussion protocol

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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz in NFL's concussion protocol

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is in the NFL's concussion protocol, head coach Doug Pederson said Monday from the team's hotel in Orange County. 

Ertz suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle. Ertz stayed on the ground for a few moments before walking off under his own power, but obviously did not return.

After having a quiet first half, Ertz made a couple catches for 24 yards on the first drive of the third quarter. It wasn't a good game for him. 

While Ertz is in the NFL's concussion protocol, he will be able to stay with the team in California all week. The Eagles have basically moved their whole operation to the West Coast for the week, so they have medical personnel to guide him through the steps of the protocol. 

Meanwhile, middle linebacker Joe Walker (neck) is day to day. It's unclear if he'll be able to practice when the team gets to Angel Stadium on Wednesday. Walker suffered a stinger against the Bears and missed practice all last week. 

Najee Goode took over in his spot, playing 18 snaps. Dannell Ellerbe, active in his first game as an Eagle, played one defensive snap (see snap counts).