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Eagles injury update: Several players still missing on short week

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Eagles injury update: Several players still missing on short week

Updated: 5:15 p.m.

The Eagles were back on the practice field Thursday without several key players as they continue preparations for Dallas on a short week. 

The following players did not practice today: 

• Jordan Hicks (calf)
• Tim Jernigan (back)
• Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle)
• Jalen Mills (foot)
• Jason Peters (ankle)
• Michael Bennett (foot)

All of those players, except for Bennett, were listed as “did not practice” on Wednesday’s estimated injury report. 

Because of the short week, the Eagles have just two real days of practice this week today and Friday. Wednesday was just a walkthrough. 

A few notes from Thursday: 

• Peters was at practice but didn’t have a helmet and was not participating. I wouldn’t worry about him. They’ll tape his ankle and he should be good to play. It’s just about getting his 36-year-old body to Sundays at this point. 

• Same kind of goes for Bennett. He missed Wednesday and Thursday last week and was still able to play. It seems like the Eagles are just letting his foot rest during the week. He got injured in the Giants game. 

• No Maddox and Hicks for the second straight day isn’t a good sign. Doug Pederson expressed some optimism that they might be able to return for this game, but them missing practice doesn’t bode well for a possible return. 

• Mills’ foot injury is lingering now and he won’t be back this Sunday. It appears more serious than we first thought. 

• Jernigan dealt with back spasms Monday night after inactives came out and was unable to play. Pederson expected Jernigan to be fine for this week, but there should probably be some concern with him. 

• Josh Adams (shoulder), who was limited Wednesday, was back at practice Thursday. That’s a good sign. It was a better sign that he was a full participant. It was also good to see Darren Sproles at practice Thursday; it looks like he came out of his first game back OK.

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

The Philly Special will never die, it appears.

Friday night, NFL Network named the mind-boggling touchdown pass from Trey Burton to Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII the 10th greatest play in NFL history.

Saturday, Pitt football used a version of the play to pull off a big upset over No. 15 UCF, who came into the contest with a 27-game non-bowl game winning streak, the longest in the FBS.

On 4th-and-3, wideout Aaron Mathews found QB Kenny Pickett for the score. Alex Kessman's extra point gave Pitt the lead. 

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said after the game on ESPN that the play call was "Pitt Special."

I'm not sure any football fans will ever think of that play as anything other than the Philly Special, but give credit to Narduzzi and his team for a gutsy call and perfect execution. 

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Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

With DeSean Jackson out for Sunday and Alshon Jeffery questionable, the Eagles on Saturday signed wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room on the 53-man roster, they placed second-year offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on injured reserve for a second consecutive year with a back injury.

This is Ward’s first time on a 53-man roster, but he’s been in camp with the Eagles the last three summers and gotten better each year.

Ward is mainly a slot receiver, so if he does get on the field on offense Nelson Agholor would be outside. 

Earlier this week, Ward spoke about how he prepares, regardless of if he’s going to play or not.

“Honestly, I stay ready every week, because you never know,” he said. “Whenever my name is called, it’s called. If it’s not this week, if it’s not next week, I’m still going to prepare like I’m playing  every single week. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

Once the Eagles practiced Wednesday without adding an outside receiver it seemed like a lock that Ward would get the promotion, because he was able to practice all week and get the same reps whether he was on the 53 or the practice squad.

Without Ward, the Eagles had only three healthy receivers on the roster — Agholor, Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Ward, a quarterback at Houston, first joined the Eagles in 2017 and spent the season on the practice squad. He was in camp again in 2018, then spent this past winter in the Alliance of American Football, catching 22 passes for 214 yards in eight games. When the AAF folded, he rejoined the Eagles.

Ward caught six passes for 87 yards and a 38-yard touchdown from Clayton Thorson in the preseason.

He was released with the final roster cutdown and signed to the practice squad as soon as he cleared waivers.

As for Mailata, it was really the smartest move for the Eagles, since the only alternative was releasing a player they didn’t want to release.

Depending on how he’s doing and depending also on other injuries, he would be a candidate to rejoin the 53-man roster after eight weeks on IR.

Mailata, like Ward, has never played in an NFL game.

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