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.

Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

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Cowboys apparently without left tackle Tyron Smith vs. Eagles

The Eagles will catch a huge break on Sunday night. 

According to NFL Network, the Cowboys are going to be without All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who has been dealing with groin and back injuries.

Smith missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so even if he did play on Sunday, he wouldn't have been 100 percent. Byron Bell will start in Smith's place, according to the report. 

Bell came into the Falcons game and gave up two more sacks to Adrian Clayborn after Chaz Green gave up four. Smith is widely considered one of the best offensive tackles in the league, so the Cowboys will miss him. 

Meanwhile, in South Philadelphia, there was a surprise on the Eagles' injury report Thursday. Alshon Jeffery was limited by an ankle injury. 

Nothing to worry about, though. 

"I'll be all right," Jeffery said on Thursday afternoon. 

When asked if he's going to be able to play on Sunday night against the Cowboys, Jeffery said, "Most definitely." 

The injury, he said, didn't happen on Thursday. It's actually been "something that's been going on." Jeffery said it wasn't a big deal and that he'll be fine. 

For the second straight day, Ronald Darby (ankle), Zach Ertz (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) were all full participants in practice. It appears all of them are going to be able to play Sunday. 

It will be the first game since the opener for Darby, who is coming back from a dislocated ankle. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye but used the extra time to heal. 

In addition to Smith, the Cowboys are also expected to be without linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) on Sunday. He's the most important piece of that defense. The Cowboys are obviously also without running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is serving the second game of his six-game suspension. 

Dez Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play through his injury this weekend.

Good news for Eagles, bad news for Cowboys on injury front

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Good news for Eagles, bad news for Cowboys on injury front

Good news for the Eagles and bad news for the Cowboys on Wednesday's injury reports. 

Ronald Darby (ankle) and Zach Ertz (hamstring) were both full participants at the NovaCare Complex. 

Darby hasn't played since Week 1 when he dislocated his right ankle, but it appears he's on track to return this week. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye but is also on target to return. He said he needed the bye week to heal. 

Down in North Texas, Tyron Smith (groin), Dez Bryant (knee) and Sean Lee (hamstring) all missed practice. 

Smith worked on the side, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told Philadelphia reporters on a conference call. Garrett was unsure if Smith will be able to play Sunday night. If he can't, Chaz Green or Byron Bell would fill in. Both took reps in his place on Wednesday. 

Lee is expected to miss Sunday night's game and at least a couple more weeks after that, which is a huge blow for the Cowboys.

Bryant has been playing through a knee injury.