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Key Eagles defensive lineman misses practice with neck injury

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Fletcher Cox missed practice Wednesday with a neck injury, leaving his availability for the Eagles' game against the Packers and their top-ranked offense up in the air.

Cox has played in 143 of a possible 146 games since the Eagles made him the 12th pick in the 2012 draft. He missed the final game of his rookie year with a concussion — Andy Reid's final game as head coach — and missed two games in 2017 with a calf injury.

Cox, who's made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five years, has started 60 straight games, and his streak of 54 consecutive regular-season games is fifth-longest current streak among interior defensive linemen.

Cox, Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce are the only Eagles who've played every game since the start of the 2018 season.

With Hassan Ridgeway out for the year, the only other defensive tackles the Eagles have on the 53-man roster are Malik Jackson and Javon Hargrave. Vinny Curry can play inside and T.Y. McGill, who's currently on the practice squad, has played in four games. Raequan Williams and Treyvon Hester are also on the practice squad.

Cox has 5½ sacks and has at least one sack in the last four games, the longest streak by an Eagle since Juqua Parker had a sack in five straight games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons and the longest within one season since Darwin Walker had a sack in five straight games in 2002.

He's got the third-most sacks of any interior lineman this year, behind only Aaron Donald (10.0) and Leonard Williams (6.0). Cox ranks sixth in Eagles history with 53½ sacks, one behind Hugh Douglas.


Also out of practice Wednesday was safety and special teamer Rudy Ford (hamstring). Linebacker T.J. Edwards (hamstring) and tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) were limited. The Eagles activated Ertz off Injured Reserve earlier in the day.

The Packers, 8-3, lead the NFL in scoring at 32 points per game.

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