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Some positive injury notes on a few key Eagles

Some positive injury notes on a few key Eagles

The Eagles are exactly two weeks from kicking off their regular season and there are still plenty of questions about some of their most important players.

On Sunday before practice, we got a few updates.

Lane Johnson: The Eagles’ right tackle hasn’t practiced in a few weeks with a knee injury, but the plan was always to get him ready for the opener.

“It’s good,” Johnson said. “I’ll be ready for Week 1.”

Last year, Johnson played through a lot of the season with a significant MCL sprain and he said he’ll “probably” have to play through injury again in 2019.

“It’s how it is,” he said. “I feel lucky to even be out there. That’s just how it is. A lot of guys are banged up year in, year out. I feel I’m better right now than I was last year.”

Fletcher Cox: The Eagles’ All-Pro defensive tackle is still recovering from offseason surgery on his foot from an injury he suffered in the Saints playoff game.

Is Pederson confident Cox will be ready for Week 1?

“I’m confident that he’ll be there,” Pederson said. “Listen, everybody is different. But I’m confident and our goal is to have everybody ready.”

We should point out that while Pederson said he’s confident, his body language didn’t necessarily follow that. Less than two weeks ago, Cox said his rehab was going well, but wouldn’t put a date on his return.

Nigel Bradham: Bradham is also recovering from foot surgery for an injury suffered in that Saints game.

Pederson was asked about Bradham and Cox lumped together. Here’s what he said he’s expecting from both of them this week in practice:

“A couple things. At least be able to get out there and go through the walk-throughs with the defense. Nigel’s been able to do that last week and get out there and do some individual work. And Fletcher was doing that for a while. And then now, both of those guys, for me … realistically, I want to have everybody for Week 1. That’s the goal, that’s still the goal, to have everybody ready for Week 1. But they’re sprinkling in, in the walkthrough this week and then hopefully we get them all next week.”

Brandon Brooks: The Eagles’ starting right guard was cleared to participate in 1-on-1 drills last week against the Ravens and must have done fine because he has been cleared for more work this week.

For the first time since that Saints game when he tore his Achilles, Brooks will get some team drills this week in practice.

“He’s looking really good in everything that he’s doing,” Pederson said. “He’s moving well. He’s been cleared to increase his load a little bit this week, give him some more team reps this week and see where he’s at. We just gotta be careful; he’s a big guy. … He’s looking good, he’s looking powerful and I’m excited about that.”

Last week, Brooks said 1-on-1s were a good test because they’re physical but don’t have the added danger of team drills, where a body could fall on you. The fact that he’ll be allowed to take team drills this week is encouraging, but we have just two weeks before the opener. If he’s not 100 percent healed for Week 1, the Eagles and Brooks can’t risk it. Halapoulivaati Vaitai would start.

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We now know what Eagles reportedly offered for Jalen Ramsey

We now know what Eagles reportedly offered for Jalen Ramsey

We all knew the Eagles wanted Jalen Ramsey. Now we know how much. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles offered the Jaguars a first and second-round pick for the Pro Bowl cornerback and “thought they had a chance to land him.” 

Unfortunately, for the Birds, the Rams came in with two ones and a four and got the player. 

The Eagles were unwilling to give up more than a one and a two, according to Schefter, who also said the Jags came back to the Eagles and gave them a chance to match the offer from Los Angeles. The Eagles declined. 

For what it’s worth, I’m on record saying I would have done the deal if I were Howie Roseman. Ramsey is still just 24 and in the prime of what could be a Hall of Fame career. Guys like that don’t become available very often. 

With that said, I also understand why Roseman didn’t pull the trigger. The Eagles have drafted just five players in each of the last two drafts and they paid their quarterback this offseason and need to supplement that contract with cheap players. 

“There is no disappointment,” Doug Pederson said earlier this week. “[It’s] hard to comment on that because obviously he's not on our team. Yeah, [I have] a lot of respect for him. [He is a] good player. [I’m] happy for the Rams obviously. He'll be a great addition. They have some corners that are banged up. They obviously traded one, so he'll fit in well there.

“Listen, we're getting guys back, too, on our team, and I'm excited about the guys we have coming back and getting in the mix. We're starting to get healthy as well, so that's the encouraging part from our side.”

Schefter also noted that the Eagles are getting healthy at their cornerback position. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are back or nearly back. Avonte Maddox is expected to return and Cre’Von LeBlanc could eventually return off IR. So help is coming this season. 

But I didn’t view Ramsey as simply a rental player. He could have become a cornerstone of the franchise, assuming they could re-sign him. Oh well. Roseman has nine days until the trade deadline.

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Eagles at Cowboys live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 7 game

Eagles at Cowboys live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 7 game

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11:22 a.m.: The Eagles-Cowboys rivalry is still very real. I’m not sure if these two teams really don’t like each other or they just play into what they know is supposed to be a rivalry. And I really don’t care. Because it’s still good. 

This year, we had Doug Pederson saying the Eagles were going to win and then DeMarcus Lawrence saying the head coach should shut is ass up and then Lane Johnson posted to social media about the comments from Lawrence. It’s a lot of fun. 

Earlier this week, I checked in with Kamu Grugier-Hill, who last year said the Cowboys were chokers to see if he had any declarations this time around. 

“No,” he said, while laughing. “Not this … nope. You ain’t gonna get me.”

But Grugier-Hill clearly doesn’t like Dallas. He gets it. 

“I love playing Dallas,” he said. “This is my favorite game, obviously, besides if we go back to the Super Bowl. There’s something about this game that gets the best out of us. It’s a rivalry game, everyone knows what’s going on, everyone knows the deal. It’s a kill or be killed mentality. It’s fun. It’s real fun.”

Earlier this week, Carson Wentz was asked for his favorite Eagles-Cowboys memory. Wentz is 2-3 against Dallas. 

“I don’t really have one quite yet,” Wentz said. “Let’s hope it’s this weekend. How about that?”

10:44 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! 

I had some great BBQ last night and slept in a little late. Still … there’s too much time before Sunday Night Football. So go to your pumpkin patches, finish your errands and then get ready for the highlight of your weekend. I’ll be getting to AT&T Stadium later, but for now, catch up on some of the key matchups in this game. 

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