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Fletcher Cox updates his lingering injury situation

Fletcher Cox updates his lingering injury situation

Fletcher Cox won't say when, but he did say he likes where he is.

Cox, who hasn’t practiced this summer following offseason foot surgery, hasn’t been seen rehabbing on the field the past week, which raised some eyebrows, and he hasn’t been around in the locker room either.

Generally, all the rehabbing guys work on a side field during practice.

But Cox was in a chatty mood after practice on Tuesday and said there’s no reason for alarm.

I’m in a good position,” the all-pro defensive tackle said. “Following the plan, man. We came up with a plan months ago to get me where I need to be and right now everything is playing out good. No setbacks. I’m feeling pretty good.

Cox got hurt in the playoff loss to the Saints and underwent surgery soon after. He’s been sidelined since.

Opening day is 26 days away, and Cox wouldn’t speculate whether he’ll be out there when the Eagles face the Redskins at the Linc on Sept. 8, but the fact that he’s on schedule with his rehab is certainly a good sign.

In the position I’m in, there’s no reason to get the itch to get back out there (too quickly),” he said. “I felt that way since I had the surgery. I’m going to take my time and get healthy and do whatever (the trainers) want me to do, and that’s what I’m doing.

Cox said he only needs a week of practice to be ready for the regular season and said he takes mental reps every day and participates in all the positional and team meetings.

So don’t expect to see him in any of the preseason games, but it sounds like the opener is still in the mix.

Cox, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2012, has made the Pro Bowl four straight years and last year made first-team all-pro for the first time. 

His 44 1/2 sacks are sixth-most in Eagles history and most ever by a defensive tackle. Hugh Douglas (54 1/2) and Greg Brown (50 1/2) are within reach this year.

With Cox and Hassan Ridgeway (concussion) out, the Eagles have Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan, Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector healthy at defensive tackle, and the team added another tackle, Aziz Shittu, on Tuesday.

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Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

The Eagles on Wednesday evening signed cornerback Craig James to their practice squad. 

This was the second roster move in what might end up being a busy week for the battered Eagles, who listed 13 players on their first injury report of Week 3. 

James, 23, was just waived by the Eagles on Tuesday to create a roster spot for tight end Alex Ellis in the wake of Dallas Goedert’s injury. James cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad. 

The Eagles initially signed James to their practice squad on Sept. 2, but called him up on Sept. 11. James was active for Week 2 against the Falcons, playing one snap on defense and 11 on special teams. 

But with the injuries, keeping James on the roster was a luxury the Eagles couldn’t afford. With just three healthy receivers, the Eagles will likely need to make at least one more roster move before Sunday’s game against the Lions. 

After adding James, the practice squad is full again at 10 players and the roster is full at 53. 



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Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

His right arm already out of the sling, Corey Clement moved his arms up and down and waved to a few news cameras gathered around his locker to show off his range of motion. 

The Eagles’ running back on Wednesday afternoon was breathing a sigh of relief. 

The shoulder injury Clement suffered on the opening kickoff in the second half Sunday is not serious and he says he’s day-to-day. The sling he wore for two days was just a precautionary measure from the Eagles’ trainers. 

I’m out of the sling already,” Clement said, “so I’m really trying to keep calm, realizing that it’s still early in the season. … I know I’ll be back out there soon.

Clement is among a group of Eagles — Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert included — who were listed as day-to-day by head coach Doug Pederson earlier on Wednesday, even though none of them practiced. 

Wednesday’s injury report was an estimation because they held a walkthrough: 

Did not practice: Clement (shoulder), Goedert (calf), Jackson (abdomen), Jeffery (calf), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back) 

Limited: Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Johnathan Cyprien (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf), Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)

Full: Nate Sudfeld (wrist)

On the play where Clement was hurt, on the opening kickoff in the second half on Sunday night, he actually fumbled away the football. It was a bad time for a fumble because Atlanta took over and quickly scored a touchdown to go up 17-6.

“I was surprised the damn ball came out,” Clement said. “I was like, ‘how the Hell does that happen?’ And then I didn’t pay attention to how close I was to the ground, so that shook me up a bit.”  

When Clement first hit the ground, he was worried because he landed on his right shoulder, the same one where he tore his labrum back in 2011 at Glassboro High School. 

This injury, he said, isn’t serious at all. 

“I don’t even know what it is,” Clement said, before waving to the cameras. “I got full motion, I’m fine. I’ll be back out there soon, no worries.”

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