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Ronald Darby returns to practice for Eagles, status for Monday uncertain

Ronald Darby returns to practice for Eagles, status for Monday uncertain

There's some good news coming out of the NovaCare Complex on Thursday: Ronald Darby is back at practice. 

Head coach Doug Pederson said Darby, who has missed every game since the opener with a dislocated ankle, will practice this week, at least as a limited participant. 

"I can't commit at this time if he's going to be ready (to play on Monday night)," Pederson said, "but we're going to give him some reps this week and see where he's at but he's doing extremely well."

Darby will be practicing this week but it seems unlikely he'll play on Monday night at the Linc. Pederson said "stars (would) have to align" for that to happen. 

Still, practicing is a great sign.

Darby was carted off the field in the second quarter of the opener against Washington with a pretty gruesome-looking ankle injury. It looked like his season was over. But the Eagles put a "4-6 week" label on the injury and there's a reason they didn't put him on IR. 

The injury was a dislocated ankle that didn't need surgery. That last time he spoke to reporters, in mid-September, Darby was confident he'd return in 4-6 weeks. 

So what would Darby have to show to play this week? 

"Obviously with the time off, there's a lot of things that are involved, conditioning No. 1," Pederson said. "That's probably the most important thing. How sore does he get during the week? And by no means do I want to rush him back and just say 'hey, we said this is the week, let's go play.' There's a lot of factors that have to be sort of right, stars have to align for him to be ready to go. But this week will be good just to get back and begin that process of practice and getting that conditioning back."

Darby's return to practice isn't the only good news on Thursday. Jordan Hicks (ankle) and Wendell Smallwood (knee) will also practice. 

Hicks left last week's game early with that ankle injury but Pederson said Hicks is "fine " and there "should be no issues."  

Smallwood has missed the last two games with a knee injury he suffered in LA against the Chargers. Pederson said Smallwood will be limited to start the week but they'll ramp it up as the week goes on. 

Eagle Eye Podcast: Does Frank Reich give Colts an edge?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Does Frank Reich give Colts an edge?

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks preview the Colts game. Does Frank Reich's history with the Eagles give the Colts any kind of advantage on Sunday? What the guys are expecting from Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews.

How will the NFC East standings look on Monday?

Also, the Browns win a game! And Baker Mayfield has some Carson Wentz in him.

1:00 - What to expect from Carson Wentz?
5:00 - Problems Colts may provide.
9:00 - Expectations for Jordan Matthews.
13:30 - Predicting Monday's headlines today.
15:00 - Taking a look at the NFC East games.
18:00 - The Browns win!!!

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Sahl's Father Son Farm designs 'Philly Special' corn maze

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Sahl's Father Son Farm designs 'Philly Special' corn maze

It seems like nobody can get enough of the "Philly Special."

The Eagles ran a similar trick play in a pivotal moment in Week 1; a local high school pulled it off; the Browns appeared to copy the Eagles Thursday night; a creative couple put the play on their wedding cake. It’s everywhere.

You can now add corn mazes to that list.

Sahl’s Father Son Farm in Galloway Township, New Jersey, has designed a corn maze in the shape of the Philly Special. The design is pretty incredible and according to Jeremy Sahl, one of the owners of the farm, it comes with the Eagles’ stamp of approval.

“We were hollering and hopping out of our chairs and jumping around when someone shouted something about putting the Eagles’ Super Bowl win into the corn maze this year,” Sahl said. “I mean, it took some time to finalize the design process, but after corresponding with the Eagles for a while, this is what we ended up with. We’re really proud of it!”

The corn maze is open to visitors starting Sunday.

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