There was some good news to come out of Doug Pederson's press conference on Friday afternoon.
It sounds like Jordan Hicks is going to be OK.
The Eagles' starting middle linebacker didn't return for the second half of Thursday night's game after suffering an ankle injury. Hicks was evaluated by the training staff on Friday morning.
"Jordan's gonna be OK," Pederson said. "We'll expect him this next week in practice."
Thanks to playing a Thursday game followed by a Monday night game, Hicks will have a few extra days to heal before facing Washington.
While the news is good for Hicks, it doesn't sound good for special teams ace Chris Maragos. Pederson said Maragos still needs to have a few more tests to determine the significance of his injuries, but it's pretty clear those injuries to his right knee are significant.
According to Daily News' columnist Marcus Hayes, Maragos said he thinks he tore his PCL and ACL. Maragos walked out of the Eagles' locker room in Charlotte on Thursday night with a giant brace on his leg.
This upcoming week could be a big one for injured cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Ronald Darby.
We'll start with Jones, who is on the non-football Injury list as he recovers from the Achilles injury he suffered at the Washington pro day. By the rules of the NFI, Jones is eligible to begin practicing this week, but no decision has been made yet.
"Again, keep the message the same with him," Pederson said. "I don't want to rush him back. He's still doing a good job with his rehab and his conditioning. Want to make sure he's fully cleared medically before we stick him back on the field."
The upcoming Washington game had been pegged as a possible return game for Darby, who has been out since dislocating his ankle in the opener. Pederson said Darby has been doing well and running more.
But will he practice next week?
"As of right now, probably not," Pederson said. "But again, he's close. We'll see next Monday when they get back where he's at again and make another evaluation at that time."
Wendell Smallwood (knee), who has missed the last two games, is getting better, according to Pederson.
In Smallwood's absence, the Eagles have been down to LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner.
"Wendell's doing really good," Pederson said. "He's another one that we took on the trip and rehabbed him and got him some treatment and stuff. He's another one that, on Monday when they get back in, we'll evaluate. I'll tell you, he's close. And then on Tuesday when the players are in the building, he'll see. He's got some time to rest. I would anticipate him maybe doing a little something next week in practice but not 100 percent yet with him."
Smallwood is looking like a possible game-time decision for the Oct. 23 game at the Linc.