Eagles over their illnesses as defensive starter returns

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Eagles over their illnesses as defensive starter returns

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — After missing the last two days of practice because of illness, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan was a full participant on Friday. 

That means that all 53 players on the active roster were able to practice in full at the University of Minnesota on Friday. Obviously, the Eagles have suffered huge losses this year, but the guys who are left seem pretty healthy heading into Super Bowl LII on Sunday. 

In addition to Jernigan, Jay Ajayi (ankle), Fletcher Cox (calf), Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) and Ronald Darby (illness) were also full participants. 

The Eagles seem to be passing around this cold bug. Jernigan has been sick all week and part of last, Darby popped up on the injury report Thursday, and last week, Kenjon Barner and Doug Pederson were sick. 

Ellerbe hasn't been talked about much but he did miss the NFC Championship Game with that hamstring injury. It looks like he's going to be able to play in the Super Bowl.

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.