There was no sign of Javon Hargrave at Eagles practice, but a host of other key injured Eagles were back on the practice field in pads Wednesday, a very encouraging sign four days before the season opener in Washington.
Key offensive starters Carson Wentz, Jalen Reagor, Miles Sanders and Lane Johnson were all participating during the open period of practice at the NovaCare Complex.
Reagor was running receiver drills and even fielding punts at practice, which could be a sign that he’ll be healthy enough to play Sunday.
Wentz hadn’t practiced since Aug. 29 with a lower-body injury, Reagor had been out since Aug. 30 with a slight shoulder tear, Sanders was out since Aug. 19 with a lower-body injury and Johnson was out since Aug. 23 with a lower-body injury.
Also back at work were defensive ends Genard Avery (out since Aug. 26 with a lower-body injury) and Vinny Curry (out since Aug. 25 with a lower-body).
Even edge rusher Derek Barnett, who's been sidelined by an ankle injury since before camp began, was on the field and participating in individual drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Barnett had a helmet but no pads, which means he won't be doing team drills later in the day.
Officially, the Eagles listed the following players as limited participants:
- Derek Barnett (hamsring)
- Lane Johnson (ankle)
- Jalen Reagor (shoulder)
- Miles Sanders (hamstring)
And two Eagles did not practice:
- Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring)
- Alshon Jeffery (foot)
It remains unknown who exactly will be available on Sunday, but the encouraging thing is that you would think anybody practicing in pads on Wednesday would likely miss only one game at most and would have a chance to go on Sunday depending on how the rest of the week goes.
Of the entire group, Wentz is a lock to play and Johnson now seems to be with his first work in 2 1/2 weeks. The others are more of a wait-and-see.
The Eagles will issue their NFL-mandated official injury report later in the day.
As for Hargrave, he’s clearly behind everybody else with his pec strain that has sidelined him since before training camp began more than three weeks ago.
Hargrave was not seen during the open portion of practice. Jeffery was a spectator.
Barnett (ankle) is also behind, although it was a good sign that he was in a helmet (but no pads) and on the field doing some work on the side. He also hasn’t practiced since before camp began.