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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz (hamstring) limited

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Eagles Injury Update: Zach Ertz (hamstring) limited

Tight end Zach Ertz, who's been having a Pro Bowl season, showed up on the Eagles' injury report Thursday, and his status for Sunday's Eagles-Broncos game is unknown.

Ertz was added to the injury list with a hamstring injury and was listed as limited, which could mean he either participated in some drills throughout practice or that he started practice but was unable to finish.

"I think I'll be OK, but I'm not sure," Ertz said in a brief interview at his locker. "We'll see. Right now, I just don't know."

Ertz ranks eighth in the NFL among all players with 43 receptions, 10th with 528 yards and tied for second with six touchdowns. 

If Ertz is unable to play, the Eagles would go with veteran Brent Celek and former undrafted free agent Trey Burton. 

Celek has just four catches for 33 yards this year but during the five-year span from 2009 through 2013 had the sixth-most receiving yards in the NFL among tight ends with 3,479. 

Burton, who caught 37 passes for 327 yards last year, has just nine catches for 70 yards this year with a TD against the Cardinals.

Cornerback Ronald Darby, who hasn't played since hurting his ankle on opening day in Washington, remains limited in practice.

Listed as full participants and expected to be available to play were defensive tackle Beau Allen (foot), punt returner and running back Kenjon Barner (hamstring), defensive end Brandon Graham (shoulder), cornerback Patrick Robinson (concussion) and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (hip).

The Eagles, 7-1, look for their seventh consecutive win Sunday when they face the Broncos at 1 p.m. at the Linc.

Eagle Eye: When does a contract negotiation become a problem?

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Eagle Eye: When does a contract negotiation become a problem?

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, John Clark and Barrett Brooks are pumped for the start of training camp. Following MLB Commissioner's comments on Mike Trout's marketability, the guys discuss if it's on the player or the league to market an athlete? The Falcons said they will not give Julio Jones a new contract. At what point does a public contract negotiation become a distraction in the locker room?

1:00 - Guys are excited for the start of training camp.
4:45 - Is it on a player or a league to market an athlete?
11:00 - When does a Julio Jones contract situation become a locker room distraction?
18:00 - When money starts dividing a locker room.

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Eagles 2018 training camp battles: Weakside linebacker

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Eagles 2018 training camp battles: Weakside linebacker

As we get near the start of the Eagles’ 2018 training camp, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the key position battles to watch this summer.

Today we’ll look at weakside linebacker.

Names to know

Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, Corey Nelson

What to watch

After years of trade speculation, the Eagles finally just released Mychal Kendricks this offseason. It saved them $6 million in cap room and let Kendricks out of a situation he had been ready to leave for some time. It also left the Eagles with a void. No, Kendricks didn’t play at an All-Pro level last season, but he stepped into a larger role after Jordan Hicks went down and helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl. Now, he’s gone and his old starting gig is up for grabs.

When Nelson was signed this offseason and said he was told he’d compete at the weakside linebacker spot, it raised some eyebrows. That was Kendricks’ job and as long as he was on the team, he wasn’t going to give it up. Now, it all makes more sense.

The WILL linebacker in the Eagles’ system doesn’t play a ton. The Eagles are in their nickel package for around 75 percent of their defensive snaps, which means two linebackers instead of three as the team brings an extra DB on the field. So Hicks and Nigel Bradham will stay on the field for most of the game and the third linebacker will play about a quarter of the snaps. And it’ll be one of these three guys.

What all three guys seem to have in common is the ability to cover. Grugier-Hill and Gerry are both converted safeties and Nelson is much smoother in coverage than Kendricks ever was. All three are good athletes and have shined as special teams players, but are hungry for more responsibility.

It’ll be interesting to see if this competition goes into the season. Bradham is suspended for the season opener, so it seems like two of these guys will start next to Hicks. So read into it how you will … because the guy who plays the WILL in that game might not be the guy who plays it in the next game because the player at the SAM will be on the field more and could possibly be ahead on the depth chart.

Prediction

Grugier-Hill appeared to be in the lead for this job and I think he hangs on, although this one really is up in the air. I just think his two years in the defense will mean something to Jim Schwartz and it’ll be enough to give him an edge on a second-year player and a veteran special teams player. 

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