Eagles Injury Update: In a surprise, Jordan Hicks participates in practice

Eagles Injury Update: In a surprise, Jordan Hicks participates in practice

Updated: 1:20 p.m.

Surprise! Jordan Hicks did practice on Wednesday. 

A couple hours after head coach Doug Pederson said Hicks (ankle) and Fletcher Cox (calf) would be held out of practice, Hicks was on the field at the start. He'll at least be a limited participant. Cox was not. 

"Both optimistic," Pederson said. "They're both doing exceedingly above expectation, obviously, and just an extra day of rest won't hurt those guys."

Rodney McLeod (hamstring) was practicing on Wednesday, after missing the Giants game. 

Fellow defensive backs Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, who also have hamstring injuries, are day to day. Neither were practicing on Wednesday. Same goes for defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (wrist). 

Pederson gave veteran center Jason Kelce a rest day Wednesday. Pederson said Kelce is healthy. But without him, the Eagles practiced with Stefen Wisniewski at center and Chance Warmack at left guard. 

Either Wiz or Warmack will start at left guard Sunday, but the Eagles haven't made that decision yet. Pederson said the plan is to rotate the two this week and have a decision by Friday afternoon. 

It sounds like Isaac Seumalo is clearly the odd man out. Pederson compared his situation to Nelson Agholor's last season. It's pretty clear Pederson isn't ready to go back to Seumalo yet. 

Kenjon Barner, who was brought back this week to replace Darren Sproles, will be one of the players who will return punts in practice this week. That ability, along with his experience, is why the Eagles decided to bring him back. Barner is wearing No. 38. He wore 34 in his previous time with the Eagles. 

Pederson also offered an update on cornerback Ronald Darby, who suffered a dislocated ankle in the season opener against Washington. 

"He's progressing well," Pederson said. "He's right on schedule in that time frame you alluded to (4 to 6 weeks). Again, don't want to rush him back until he's 100 percent." 

If Darby stays on schedule, his possible return date could be Oct. 23 against Washington, Oct. 29 against San Francisco or Nov. 5 against Denver. It seems unlikely the Eagles would rush him back for the Oct. 12 game Thursday night against the Panthers. 

Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

Rodney McLeod will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Giants. 

And the Eagles are really hoping he's able to play. 

McLeod is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs, while his backups, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants with hamstring injuries of their own. Earlier in the day, head coach Doug Pederson said Graham and Watkins would be game-time decisions too; turns out that isn't the case. 

McLeod said he has been healing throughout the week but truly won't know if he'll be able to play or not until Sunday before the game. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. The other two members of the Hamstrung Trio missed all three days. 

In addition to Graham and Watkins, Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and Ronald Darby (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Torrey Smith (illness) is questionable. 

After injuring his hamstring early during last Sunday's game, McLeod was visibly hurting and upset about the injury. He said he's been focusing on treatment all week and is starting to feel better. 

Missing Sunday's game will be tough for Graham because it will snap his 159-game consecutive streak. It was the second-longest among defensive backs in the league. It hurts the Eagles even more. 

With two safeties already ruled out and one questionable, the Eagles are in a tough spot at safety. Their only truly healthy players at the position are Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston. 

What are the options if McLeod can't play? 

"Just look at the roster, see who we got," Pederson said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."

Eagles Injury Update: Secondary hamstrung for second straight day


Eagles Injury Update: Secondary hamstrung for second straight day

It looks like all three members of the Hamstrung Trio (see story) weren't practicing again on Thursday. 

At the start of Thursday's practice, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, who suffered hamstring injuries on Sunday against the Chiefs, were not participating. This will be the second straight day all three will miss practice. 

McLeod was the only member of the trio to even make an appearance at practice before reporters were kicked out after individual drills. He walked onto the field with a compression sleeve on his right leg and began to watch.

There was, however, a new safety on the field. Newcomer Trae Elston, who was claimed off waivers from the Bills, was on the field for the first time with the Eagles. He was wearing No. 35. 

It'll be tough for the Eagles to get Elston caught up by game time on Sunday at 1 p.m. Aside from Elston, the Eagles have just Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos as safeties, although linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill could be used in a pinch and Jenkins thinks a couple cornerbacks have the ability to play safety (see story)

Ronald Darby (ankle) and Destiny Vaeao (wrist) were the other two Eagles who weren't practicing on Thursday. Darby is out for at least another few weeks with his dislocated ankle. 

Vaeao missed the Chiefs game and looks to be in danger of missing another week. In his absence, rookie sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls played nine snaps and played well. Qualls could see his workload increase as the fourth DT against the Giants.