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'Real good' news on Sidney Jones, healthier Eagles

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'Real good' news on Sidney Jones, healthier Eagles

Sidney Jones has been practicing again this week after getting on the practice field for the first time last week. 

How does the young corner feel? 

"Real good," he said. "Good first week of practice. I'm just getting the rust off, getting my feet wet, trying to get back."

Jones, who is on the non-football injury list after tearing his Achilles during the pre-draft process, began practicing last week. That kicked off a three-week window in which he's allowed to practice. After that, the Eagles either have to activate him or send him to IR. 

On Friday, Jones admitted getting back into game shape is a "work in progress" and emphasized the team wants him to take it slow. 

Last week, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likened Jones' first week of practice to the first week of OTAs. That makes it seem pretty unlikely that Jones will play at all during his rookie season. 

But after a week and a half of practice, does Jones think he'll play this year? 

"I don't know," he said. "Can't tell you all that."

The good news is, Jones said he has "complete trust" in his surgically repaired Achilles tendon. He said he doesn't even think about it anymore on the field. 

As for players who are actually on the active roster, Jalen Mills (ankle), Derek Barnett (groin) and Stefen Wisniewski (ankle) were all listed as limited participants on the Eagles' injury report. The report was an estimation because Friday was just a walk-through. But Mills and Barnett didn't practice at all Thursday, so listing them as limited is good news. 

When asked in the locker room how his ankle felt, Mills said it felt good. Then he jumped up and touched the top of a doorway to prove it. 

Wisniewski, who missed the Giants game, walked through the locker room with a heavy black brace on his right ankle. If he can't play Monday, Chance Warmack would start. 

Mychal Kendricks (foot), Patrick Robinson (concussion) and Warmack (hamstring) were listed as full participants Friday.

Eagles Injury Update: Alshon Jeffery cleared for contact

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Eagles Injury Update: Alshon Jeffery cleared for contact

Alshon Jeffery has been cleared for contact, but Doug Pederson isn’t ready to say Jeffery will play this weekend in Tennessee. 

Getting cleared for contact, however, was the final medical hurdle Jeffery needed to clear in his recovery from rotator cuff surgery after the Super Bowl. 

“We’re excited to get him in the mix and see where he’s at,” Pederson said. “We’ll make a final determination, obviously, later in the week.”

Jeffery, 28, has been a limited participant in practice the last couple weeks. He was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts, but it never seemed likely he’d play in that one. It was, however, a sign that he was getting closer. 

Jeffery, who signed with the Eagles has a free agent last offseason, played the entire 2017 season with a torn rotator cuff. A couple weeks ago, when he returned to practice, he again said if he was faced with the same decision again, he’d do it all over again. Missing a few weeks to start the 2018 season is a pretty good trade-off for winning the Super Bowl in 2017. 

What will be the determining factors in deciding whether or not Jeffery plays Sunday? 

You gotta just see him practice, see how he moves around, see how he gets bumped around, the contact aspect of it even though we’re not live or anything like that. And just see where he’s at physically with everything he’s gone through. Again, it’s a situation where you want to make sure the player’s right, 100 percent right before we put him out on the field.

Pederson was asked if Jeffery does play vs. the Titans, will they ease him back in or will he hit the ground running? 

“Well, you’ll have to wait until Sunday,” Pederson said. 

Rodney McLeod
While there was good news on Jeffery, there was no news on the Eagles’ starting safety, who hurt his right knee on Sunday vs. the Colts. After the game, McLeod said he felt OK but said the tests would determine more. 

As of Wednesday morning, Pederson said the Eagles are awaiting results from one final test. Losing McLeod would hurt. 

Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles
Pederson wasn’t ready to say whether or not the two running backs will be back on the field this Sunday in Nashville, but again said he’s looking forward to getting them back on the practice field this week.

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Lack of playing time doesn't bode well for Shelton Gibson

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Lack of playing time doesn't bode well for Shelton Gibson

Since Mike Wallace went down with a fractured fibula, the Eagles are noticeably lacking an outside receiver who can stretch the field. 

On Sunday, they trotted out Kamar Aiken and Jordan Matthews to play outside receiver, while Shelton Gibson got just one offensive snap. 

One. 

The Eagles drafted Gibson in the fifth round last year, in large part, because of his speed. And, now, when the Eagles desperately need speed outside, he can’t seem to get on the field. 

Why is that? 

Here was Doug Pederson’s answer from Monday: 

Right now, we're just without getting into a lot of scheme stuff, we just felt better yesterday with some of our 12 personnel, some of our 13 personnel. Kept them in base defense. They did jump into nickel a little bit because then we were in our 12 and 13 personnel being able to run the football.

So just the way the game kind of unfolded just a little bit. Shelton is a young player that's continuing to grow and get better with the offense. We had a package of plays for him yesterday; just didn't get to him.

It just doesn’t bode well for Gibson that the Eagles are desperate enough at receiver to sign Matthews mid-week and play him 30-plus snaps and he still can’t get on the field, especially when he seems to have the one attribute the team is lacking. 

“Coaches know exactly what they’re doing with the game plan and I just let them do that,” he said. “I just go out there and practice as hard as I can.” 

So far, through three games, Gibson has played 40 offensive snaps and has been targeted twice without a catch. He does have a pretty significant role on special teams, but he didn’t even return kicks in Week 3. 

“It’s just that next man up and right now I’m not the next man up,” Gibson said Tuesday. “Whenever I am, I’m going to give them all I got.” 

Gibson had a monster preseason. He caught nine passes for 195 yards (21.7 average) and two touchdowns. He had come so far from a terrible preseason as a rookie and it looked like he was going to carry over the success into the regular season. Hasn’t happened. 

For now, Gibson is serving as a cautionary tale about getting too excited about the preseason. 

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