A couple key Eagles return to practice on Thursday


After missing practice to begin the week, Zach Ertz (hamstring) and Brandon Brooks (knee) were back on the field on Thursday as the Eagles continued their preparations for the 49ers. Both were limited participants.

In addition to their injuries, Ertz and Brooks were given a “rest” designation on Wednesday, so they were expected back. But the fact that they were out there is a good sign.

Ertz suffered a hamstring injury during the win in Week 1 but was able to return to the field. Brooks dealt with a knee injury last week but played every snap in the opener.

All 53 players on the active roster practiced on Thursday.

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (ankle), Marcus Epps (concussion) and Ryan Kerrigan (personal reasons), who all missed practice on Wednesday too, were practicing during the early portion open to reporters.

Epps is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol but he was doing more on Thursday, which shows he’s progressing through it.

Several veterans who were held out or limited for rest reasons on Wednesday were back on Thursday, while Avonte Maddox (groin) was added to the report.

Limited: WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (ankle), G Brandon Brooks (knee,  resting player), S Marcus Epps (concussion), TE Zach Ertz (hamstring, resting player), CB Avonte Maddox (groin), S Rodney McLeod (knee)

Full: DT Fletcher Cox (resting player), OL Landon Dickerson (knee), DE Brandon Graham (resting player), T Lane Johnson (resting player), C Jason Kelce (resting player), DE Ryan Kerrigan (personal matter), RB Miles Sanders (ankle, resting player), CB Darius Slay (resting player), LB Davion Taylor (calf)


McLeod has practiced every day in the last two weeks but wasn’t quite ready to play in Week 1. He’ll have to be given a game status on Friday afternoon.

CB Josiah Scott, who is on IR, was working on a side field with trainers.

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