The Eagles have won their last seven games. And they've done it without Ronald Darby.
It seems like they're about to get him back.
The Eagles' top cornerback has been practicing as a limited participant for the last three weeks, but head coach Doug Pederson said Darby got more reps and was nearly a full participant this last week before the Broncos game.
"He's another one that will be around to work on his treatment and his rehab and we'll see where we're at when they get back next week, we'll evaluate it some more," Pederson said. "He's in a really good spot to possibly come back and help us in the next week or so."
Darby hasn't played since the opener, when he dislocated his right ankle in Washington. The Eagles might have been overly optimistic when they set a 4-6 week time frame on Darby's recovery. But the bye week will allow him an extra week to prepare for Dallas on Nov. 19.
Darby tweeted this on Sunday night after the Eagles' 51-23 win.
Great team win . Excited to officially be back with my brothers . Been a wild year, but it’s blessings around every corner. 🦅🦅🦅 pic.twitter.com/hQRxnZpb9y— Ronald Darby (@realronalddarby) November 5, 2017
Tim Jernigan played just 20 snaps on Sunday afternoon because of an ankle injury, but should be fine. The extra week will help him. Pederson said Jernigan could have come back in the game against the Broncos had the Eagles needed him.
"We have this time now so he'll be fine next week," Pederson said.
Here's a name you haven't heard in a while: Caleb Sturgis. But the Eagles' former kicker might be nearing a return from his hip injury. But with the success of his replacement, Jake Elliott, it seems unlikely the Eagles will bring him back from the IR.
Elliott has made five 50-plus yarders in eight games.
"Obviously comfortable with what Jake's doing and we'll just have to cross that bridge when we get there," Pederson said. "But nothing has been decided at this point with Caleb."
If nothing else, Sturgis offers the Eagles an insurance policy.