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Eagles Injury Update: DeSean Jackson and Darren Sproles returning to practice this week

Eagles Injury Update: DeSean Jackson and Darren Sproles returning to practice this week

DeSean Jackson and Darren Sproles will both be back at practice Wednesday but in a limited role and with no guarantees that they’ll be able to play Sunday, head coach Doug Pederson said Monday.

Jackson hasn’t played since the early moments of the Eagles’ Week 2 loss to the Falcons because of a abdominal injury, and Sproles hasn’t played since the win over the Jets with a quad.

“DeSean as part of his rehab and his protocol, we can incorporate him back into practice a little bit on Wednesday and see where he’s at as the week progresses,” Pederson said. “And Darren Sproles, kind of the same way as he continues to rehab and get healthy, we can incorporate him a little bit this week and see where he’s at week’s end.”

The Eagles face the Bears on Sunday at the Linc and then have a week off before home games against the Patriots and Seahawks.

Sproles, 36, and Jackson, 32, rank first and ninth in all-purpose yards among active NFL players.

Sproles, now in his sixth year with the Eagles, has played in only 14 games since the 2017 season began, missing 31 of a possible 45 games with injuries.

Jackson had two 50-yard TD catches in the opener against the Redskins. Those remain the Eagles’ two-longest pass plays this year.

Pederson said rookie running back Miles Sanders, who hurt his shoulder Sunday in Buffalo after netting 118 yards on six touches, underwent additional tests Monday morning back in Philadelphia.

“Miles is going to be OK,” he said. “We had further testing today and it came back positive so we’re going to take him day-by-day this week and see where he’s at later in the week.”

The outlook isn’t quite so good on Nigel Bradham and Jason Peters, who both got hurt in the Vikings game, Bradham with an ankle, Peters with a knee. Pederson said. Tim Jernigan, out since Week 2, is also still a ways away, Pederson said.

There is good news for slot corner Avonte Maddox, who should be able to play Sunday barring any setbacks.

Maddox, who suffered a concussion and neck injury in a scary collision during the Packers game, has missed four games but returned to practice on Friday running scout team and is on track to practice all this week.

“He’ll be back in the mix in practice this week, we’re excited about that,” Pederson said.

If Maddox is healthy, he would join Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills as key members of the secondary who’ve missed significant time this year who would all be back on the field.

Orlando Scandrick played in the slot for three games in Maddox’s absence and Sidney Jones played the slot Sunday in Buffalo.



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Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Over the next two weeks, I’m taking a look at 10 Eagles players who might be primed for a breakout season in 2020. I looked at Boston Scott yesterday. 

Up today: K’Von Wallace 

Age: 22

How acquired: Drafted in 4th round (No. 127)

Entering: Year 1 

It might seem overly ambitious to name a fourth-round rookie as a breakout candidate but there are reasons it isn’t crazy. 

While Wallace was the 127th selection in this year’s draft, he’s considered by many to be be a steal in the fourth round. In fact, ProFootballFocus named Wallace one of the biggest steals in the entire 2020 draft class.

At Clemson, Wallace was a three-year starter and played 59 games for the Tigers. He was a versatile player at Clemson, playing strong safety, free safety and some as the nickel corner. That type of versatility is likely one of the attributes that really attracted the Eagles to him. 

Another huge part of Wallace’s game is his physicality. 

Check out what VP of player personnel Andy Weidl said about Wallace after the Eagles drafted him: 

“You know, the thing about K'Von Wallace is his tape, and what stuck out was his physicality, his tackling, his ability to play around the line of scrimmage. The mentality he played with, the motor he played with. He's a guy that likes contact. He gets to the ball. He passes people to the ball, and when he gets there, he strikes. We saw that. It was consistent with the motor that he played with, the mentality he played with, and we really enjoyed it and thought he fit what we were doing and what we're putting together here.”

At 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, Wallace isn’t the biggest player and he’s not a speed demon. His 4.53 time in the 40 put him in the 65th percentile among safeties. 

But it’s not like Wallace isn’t athletic. He is. 

During the pre-draft process, Wallace became one of my favorite players and I actually mocked him to the Eagles several times. He seems to check a lot of their boxes for defensive backs. He’s instinctive, competitive and versatile. 

And a reason he has a chance to break out, perhaps more than many of his fellow rookies, is opportunity. The Eagles will be able to get him into the rotation and the only players in front of him are Jalen Mills and Will Parks, who are both on one-year deals. 

While Mills knows the Eagles’ defense, he’s switching positions this offseason from corner to safety. And while Parks knows the position, he’s switching teams this offseason from Denver to Philly. 

Maybe Mills or Parks becomes a long-term solution — it’s certainly possible — but the Eagles drafted Wallace and if he impresses enough early, he should be at least given a chance to win the safety job next to Rodney McLeod, not just for this season but for the future too. 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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