Only 1 Eagle questionable for Sunday

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Only 1 Eagle questionable for Sunday

Veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) is the only Eagles player listed as questionable for this week's game. Everyone else on the 53-man roster is expected to be available. 

Ellerbe, 32, missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday and Friday. 

The Eagles' starting MIKE linebacker was also listed as questionable last week and was able to play, so expect him to be good to go. After all, this is the NFC Championship Game. There's no resting for anything else. 

In Minnesota, wide receiver Adam Thielen (lower back) and safety Andrew Sendejo (concussion) are both listed as questionable. 

Thielen, the Vikings' top receiver, missed Wednesday's practice and was limited on Thursday and Friday. Just like Ellerbe, there's no saving him for next week. 

Sendejo was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, was a full participant on Friday, but is still technically in the NFL's concussion protocol. He'll need to clear that before he's able to play, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he's optimistic Sendejo will be able to play. 

Meanwhile, third defensive tackle, Shamar Stephen (knee/ankle), missed practice all week and has been ruled out. While Stephen isn't a starter, he played just under 40 percent of the Vikings' snaps this season, so missing him is still a loss.

After practicing indoors on Wednesday and Thursday, the Eagles loaded up on buses and spent their Friday practice outside at Lincoln Financial Field. Head coach Doug Pederson likes to get his guys outside for at least one day per week. 

The Eagles will have a walkthrough on Saturday before they'll be back at the Linc for Sunday's 6:40 p.m. kickoff in the NFC Championship Game.

Eagles' starting linebacker returns to practice

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Eagles' starting linebacker returns to practice

Dannell Ellerbe was back on the practice field Thursday and signs are strong pointing toward the veteran linebacker being able to play on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. 

Ellerbe (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday, but will likely be listed as a limited participant for Thursday when the injury report comes out later in the afternoon. 

That's important because last week, Ellerbe missed the first day of practice, was limited on the second and was a full participant on the third before he was able to play 23 snaps against the Falcons. 

"Yeah, we just handled him like we did last week," head coach Doug Pederson said. "Just gave him the rest." 

Ellerbe, 32, has played in six playoff games, tied for the most on the team, and he won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012. He was brought in during the season and eventually took over as the Eagles' MIKE linebacker in their base package. 

He doesn't play a ton because the Eagles are often in their nickel defense, but it's pretty clear the Eagles put a lot of stock in his NFL experience. Before Ellerbe, they had second-year player Joe Walker filling in for Jordan Hicks. 

With Ellerbe back on the practice field Thursday, every member of the 53-man roster practiced, a good sign heading into the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The Eagles have obviously been decimated by injuries this season, but what's left of their 53-man roster is healthy heading into the weekend. 

Eagles missing linebacker as NFC Championship Game prep begins

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Eagles missing linebacker as NFC Championship Game prep begins

Updated: 4:03 p.m.

What's left of the Eagles' 53-man roster is pretty healthy as the Birds kicked off practice leading into Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Vikings. 

With one exception. 

Middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was the only player on the roster who did not practice as the team worked out inside their practice bubble in pads Wednesday. Ellerbe has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Ellerbe was there as a spectator and without a helmet. Sidney Jones (hamstring) was a full participant. 

The veteran linebacker missed practice last Tuesday, was limited Wednesday and became a full participant Thursday. We'll see if this week mirrors that. 

Ellerbe ended up being listed as questionable for the game, but was active against the Falcons and played 23 snaps (37 percent). Ellerbe is the Eagles' starting MIKE linebacker in their base package. He comes out on nickel downs. 

In Minnesota, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen missed practice with a lower back injury. Thielen caught 91 passes for over 1,200 yards this season.  

The Eagles were back in pads Wednesday, trying to keep things as normal as possible. There was plenty of intensity during the open portion of the practice. During special teams drills, rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas ran through veteran linebacker Najee Goode. That's some West Virginia on West Virginia crime. 

Here are some views from Wednesday's session: