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Eagles Injury Update: Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan

Eagles Injury Update: Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan

Updated: 4:18 p.m.

Darren Sproles (hamstring), Corey Clement (quad), Fletcher Cox (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (chest) and Derek Barnett (shoulder) were all missing from Wednesday's practice.

As I understand it, Jeffery and Cox should be fine.

Sproles has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Sproles is “day to day.” Pederson wouldn’t say whether or not Sproles would practice this week or be ready to play Sunday against the Vikings. 

“I’m expecting for Darren to continue to work and work through his injury,” Pederson said. “He’s day to day, quite honestly. Again, as a runner, just want to make sure he’s 100 percent.”

Sproles is a 35-year-old running back with a hamstring injury, so it’s understandable that he wouldn’t come back very quickly. But the Eagles have missed him on third downs (especially in blitz pickup) and even with DeAndre Carter’s 42-yard punt return, could still use Sproles in the return game. 

Corey Clement 
The Eagles’ second-year running back popped back up on the injury report last Thursday with a quad injury that he played through the previous week. He was limited Thursday and Friday and was held out Sunday. Pederson on Wednesday said Clement did not re-injure that quad. Clement was kept out of the game for precautionary reasons. 

Pederson stressed they didn’t want to risk further injury so they kept him out. 

Without Sproles and Clement, the Eagles have been hurting on third downs, when either one of them would be on the field. 

Jason Peters 
The future Hall of Famer has played every snap over the last two games, but he hasn’t looked like himself since he injured his quad in practice before the Tampa Bay game. He was limited on Wednesday. 

“From time to time, it flares up on him,” Pederson said. “But he’s tough, he’s managing getting treatment on it every day.”

Pederson said Peters is playing well, but said the quad injury does show itself a little bit on the film. That’s not great.  

Tim Jernigan 
Jernigan (back) is on the NFI, so he isn’t even eligible to play until Week 7, but based on Pederson’s evasive comments Wednesday, you might not want to count on him. 

Here was the full exchange: 

Reuben Frank: How’s Tim Jernigan doing? Is he making progress? 

Pederson: “Yeah, he’s doing well. He’s making progress.” 

Roob: Do you expect him to play this year? 

Pederson: “He’s a guy that we’ll just continue to monitor. I don’t want to put a cap on him, limit him in any way and any other expectation than just him getting better and healthy at this time.”

The Eagles have really missed Jernigan this year. Without him, they’ve basically had a three-man rotation of true DTs in Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata and Destiny Vaeao. Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett get snaps inside and the Eagles just promoted Treyvon Hester to the active roster. But none of that makes up for not having Jernigan. 

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Detailing Jason Peters’ bargain 1-year deal with the Eagles

Detailing Jason Peters’ bargain 1-year deal with the Eagles

The Eagles brought back Jason Peters last month and will start the nine-time Pro Bowl tackle at right guard in the 2020 season, replacing the injured Brandon Brooks. 

Peters, 38, signed a one-year deal to return to the Eagles and now we have all the details on that contract. 

Peters’ one-year deal includes $3 million guaranteed but can be worth up to $6 million, according to a league source. Peters’ salary cap hit in 2020 is $3 million. 

Here’s how his contract breaks down in 2020, according to a source: 

Base salary: $1.8 million 
Signing bonus: $1 million 
Per-game roster bonus: $200,000 total 

In addition to that, his contract also includes $3 million in incentives for playing time, Super Bowl, All-Pro and Pro Bowl in different combinations. Since Peters didn’t accomplish those things last year, all of those are considered to be “Not Likely To Be Earned” incentives, which is why they don’t count against the cap. 

Getting Peters at a $3 million cap hit is a bargain. His renegotiated one-year contract in 2019 came with a base salary of $3.5 million and a cap hit of $8.67 million. His $3 million cap hit in 2020 is his lowest cap hit since the 2007 season, his fourth year in the NFL, when he was still with the Bills. According to OverTheCap, there are 18 right guards around the league with higher cap hits in 2020. 

With Peters’ cap number known and after removing Marquise Goodwin — Goodwin opted out of the 2020 season — to replace him with the 52nd highest paid player (the top 51 count for cap purposes), the Eagles have $23,804,112 in cap space for the 2020 season. 

But before you get visions of Jadeveon Clowney or another high-priced free agent still available, you have to remember that the Eagles probably need to carry this cap amount into next season. 

Last week, when I looked at the 2021 cap situation, I estimated by carrying over $23 million and it looks like I was pretty close. Even with carrying over that much, the Eagles are still nearly $60 million over the salary cap if it hits the floor of $175 million in 2021. It could be higher, but that’s the floor based on the expected revenue drop this season. 

So the Eagles will need to carry over all (or at least most) of their cap space in 2020 into 2021. Getting Peters for a bargain this season will only help. 

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Rodney McLeod on Eagles secondary: ‘It’s time to live up to that standard’

Rodney McLeod on Eagles secondary: ‘It’s time to live up to that standard’

“The Eagles’ secondary __________”

You can fill in the blank with whatever word you want, but you get the idea. The Eagles’ secondary has struggled the last two years, and Rodney McLeod has had enough.

Time to do something about it.

Part of it is pass rush, part of it is situational, but over the last two years, the Eagles’ secondary has allowed the 5th-most passing yards in the NFL and the 2nd most passing TDs of 40 yards or more and has the 5th-fewest interceptions.

Enter new secondary coach Marquand Manuel. Enter all-pro cornerback Darius Slay. Enter Nickell Robey-Coleman in the slot. Enter Jalen Mills at safety. Enter Will Parks and K’Von Wallace. Good-bye Malcolm Jenkins and presumably a few other familiar faces.

It’s time for this secondary to be a strength of the Eagles. Not a weakness.

As a secondary, I felt that we were a little bit disrespected at times and I think now it’s time to live up to that standard,” McLeod said Thursday. “A standard that’s been set with people that played way before us. The Brian Dawkins of the world. The Troy Vincents. Malcolm (Jenkins). I think when you think of guys who have put on the jersey before us, we owe them that. And so we want to get back to the secondary taking over this defense and winning the game and putting the game on our back, and that’s the standard 'M' (Manuel) is holding us to as well as the players in this room.

The Eagles were 29th in pass defense in 2018 and 19th last year. A lot of that was injuries. But a lot wasn’t.

A lot was just a unit that needed to be overhauled.

The Eagles haven’t had a top-10 pass defense since – believe it or not – 2012, when the 4-12 team was ranked 9th.  Mainly because everybody was always up big against them and just ran the ball.

Their last top-5 pass defense was the 2008 unit, with the late Jim Johnson’s last year as defensive coordinator and current Bills head coach Sean McDermott as secondary coach.

Manuel replaces Corey Undlin, now the Lions’ defensive coordinator.

McLeod said Manuel is already emphasizing to his group that it’s time for the Eagles’ secondary to get back to playing like the Eagles’ secondary of old.

“I think people respect him because he’s played the game, because of his passion and because of the way he coaches this group,” McLeod said. “And because the expectations that he has for us. It’s a very high standard. He’s coached a lot of good secondaries and we want to be another group to be respected in this league and treated as such. He’s going to fit perfectly. We’re going to be good.”

This is the first time since 2013 that Jenkins won’t be lining up at safety for the Eagles, but it’s also the first time they have a Pro Bowl cornerback in his prime on the field since Asante Samuel in 2011.

A lot of newcomers, a lot of change. And McLeod is determined to put out a product on the field that fans can appreciate and opposing players will respect.

It’s been a while.

“It’s a talented group,” he said. “It’s a room full of depth and talented individuals and hungry guys too, willing to compete, and that’s what we have to do. We have to create that culture and bring out the best in all of us in order to be the best.

“We’re all professionals and guys are committed and that’s what you need in order to win. For this season, it’s all about who is able to eliminate distractions and adapt and sacrifice. Both in and out of this building. That’s what it’s going to take.”

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