Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice

The Eagles are hitting the home stretch of the 2017 regular season. 

And there are still no plans to let Sidney Jones practice. 

"Not right now," head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. "He's obviously still doing well with his rehab. He's getting better there, and again, don't want to rush him back just yet."

Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, has been on the Non-football Injury list all season as he recovers from a torn Achilles he suffered at the Washington pro day. 

Since using the 43rd overall pick on Jones, the Eagles have been very conservative in their approach with him. They have continually said there's no need to rush him back. The superb play of the Eagles' cornerbacks this season have only allowed them to be more patient. 

Jones, 21, has been involved with the team all season. While he hasn't practiced, he is in every defensive back meeting and joins them most days at practice as a spectator. There's no real way of knowing what type of player he'll be when he finally does return, but there's a reason he would have been a target for the Birds at No. 14 without the injury. 

Jones can begin practicing at any time, but practicing would trigger a three-week window in which the Eagles would have to decide to activate him or send him to injured reserve. 

While Jones obviously won't play this week, things are looking better for Beau Allen and Trey Burton. 

Allen (knee) and Burton (back) missed Sunday's game, but were both on the practice field Wednesday afternoon as full participants. 

Joe Walker, who suffered a stinger during the game, was on the practice field but was not participating. Earlier in the week, Pederson said Walker would be a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but he did not participate in practice. 

If Walker is unable to play this weekend in Seattle, veteran Najee Goode would fill in at the MIKE position. The Eagles also signed veteran Dannell Ellerbe a couple weeks ago. 

Alshon Jeffery (foot), Jason Kelce (ankle) and Patrick Robinson (knee) were limited on Wednesday. 

Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott moving through concussion protocol

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Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott moving through concussion protocol

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, but he's getting closer. 

And head coach Doug Pederson thinks Elliott will be able to play Sunday. 

"I do believe and I feel in the bottom of my heart that Jake will be ready," Pederson said. 

Elliott suffered a concussion in the first half of the game against the Cowboys, which forced the Eagles to finish the game without a real kicker. Kamu Grugier-Hill filled in on kickoffs and the offense went for two-point conversions after touchdowns. 

"Obviously, we'll take it day by day with [Elliott] and we're hoping obviously," Pederson said. "At the same time, we have to have a backup plan if that doesn't come true. As of right now, everything is looking good for him, where he's at right now."

While Elliott hasn't cleared the concussion protocol, he is apparently moving through it quickly. He was in meetings Wednesday and even participated in practice. He's apparently in Stage 4 of the NFL's concussion protocol, which allows him to kick. 

If Elliott isn't ready for game action Sunday, the Eagles have a couple options. The first would be to bring back Caleb Sturgis from injured reserve. Sturgis hurt his hip in the opener, which actually allowed Elliott to come in and win the job. 

Sturgis has been kicking and rehabbing and Pederson said Sturgis is "close" to being able to return. In order to activate Sturgis, the Eagles would need to cut someone to create a roster space. 

But if Sturgis and Elliott are both not ready for the game Sunday against the Bears, the Eagles would need to go outside of the organization and sign a kicker. They're obviously hoping they don't have to do that. 

Either way, the Eagles are going to have a kicker against the Bears. When asked if he would consider going into a game without a real kicker, Pederson flatly said "no." 

"You definitely want somebody that can kick," Pederson said. "A professional kicker."

Grugier-Hill filled in adequately on kickoffs against the Cowboys but did not attempt an extra point or field goal. He became the emergency kicker after Chris Maragos was lost for the season with a torn PCL. 

Maragos was at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and said he got a kick out of watching Grugier-Hill kick off. He texted him to compliment him on his "golden toe." 

Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable vs. Cowboys

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Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable vs. Cowboys

Alshon Jeffery will be listed as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas. 

The Eagles' receiver popped up on the injury report with an ankle injury on Thursday, when he was limited. 

Head coach Doug Pederson said he expects Jeffery to play and he's optimistic he'll be able to go. On Thursday, Jeffery said he will "most definitely" play against the Cowboys. 

"It's been kind of lingering a little while," Pederson said. "There's no really one particular game or instance. It's hard for me to even put a finger on when it happened or how it happened. 

"It's something too in his case with all the cutting and stopping and starting in practice and games and where we are at that time of the year, you're going to start seeing more and more guys get added to the list or taken some reps off at practice just so we can keep them healthy for Sunday."

Zach Ertz (hamstring), Ronald Darby (ankle) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) were full participants on Wednesday and Thursday, the two most important practice days of the week. Every player — including Jeffery — was a full participant in Friday's indoor practice. Barring setbacks, Ertz and Darby should make their returns on Sunday. 

Ertz missed the Denver game and Darby hasn't played since Week 1, when he dislocated his right ankle. 

The Cowboys are reportedly going to be without left tackle Tyron Smith and linebacker Sean Lee. They're also missing Ezekiel Elliott, who will serve the second game of his six-game suspension.