Why Carson Wentz's workout before Browns game is a great sign

Why Carson Wentz's workout before Browns game is a great sign

CLEVELAND — Two years ago before the third preseason game, Carson Wentz, then a rookie healing from cracked ribs, went under an intense and lengthy workout on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

I’ll never forget walking off the field that day and seeing the look Frank Reich gave me. That was exactly when the Eagles realized Wentz was ready to not only play but be the starter. Seven days later, the Eagles traded Sam Bradford and went forward with their franchise quarterback.

I’m bringing that up now, because it certainly felt like Wentz had a similar workout before Thursday night’s game on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on the banks of Lake Erie.

Wentz looks ready to play. 

Wentz still has to be cleared for contact before he can play, but his goal still remains Week 1. He won’t play against the Browns; but he got his work in. This was the first time in the preseason that Wentz has gone through a similar workout before a game. 

The 25-year-old quarterback went through a 34-minute intense session while head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Mike Groh and vice president of football operations Howie Roseman watched on. 

Sure, it was just a workout three hours before the game, but Wentz certainly looks like a guy who is ready to play football. 

After the workout was over, Wentz threw additional passes to his favorite target, Zach Ertz, for several more minutes. He was on the field for exactly one hour in total. 

We’re just two weeks from the Eagles’ season opener against the Falcons on Sept. 6 at the Linc. Wentz still has to get cleared to play, but if he does get cleared, he looks ready to go. 

In addition to Wentz, Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Markus Wheaton, Kamar Aiken, Richard Rodgers and Josh Perkins are all expected to miss Thursday night’s game with assorted injuries. 

Mack Hollins, who reportedly had sports hernia surgery this offseason, is also not playing even though he returned to practice this week. 

Darren Sproles and Jason Peters are healthy but won’t play either. Pederson said earlier this week that he doesn’t need to see the two veterans during the preseason. It’s all about getting them ready for Week 1. 

Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jernigan and Chris Maragos aren’t playing either. They’re still on the PUP and NFI lists. Jeffery is the closest to a return of the three. 

Josh Adams (hamstring) is in uniform tonight after missing the last game. Jalen Mills (lower body) is in uniform and it looks like he’s playing. Nick Foles will start the game after leaving last week’s game early with a shoulder strain. 

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Another Eagles defensive tackle, Hassan Ridgeway, headed for Injured Reserve

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Another Eagles defensive tackle, Hassan Ridgeway, headed for Injured Reserve

The Eagles placed defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway on Injured Reserve Wednesday with an ankle injury.

Ridgeway becomes the 18th player that began the season on the Eagles’ 53-man roster who will miss at least one game with an injury.

The Eagles began the season loaded at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan and Ridgeway.

But Jackson was lost for the season with a foot injury suffered on opening day,  Jernigan is on the 53 but hasn’t played since breaking his foot a week later in Atlanta and now Ridgeway is out presumably for the rest of the season. 

Ridgeway suffered the injury in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Ridgeway, a fourth-round pick of the Colts in 2016, played 252 snaps in the Eagles’ first seven games, fourth-most on the defensive line. He started the last five games.

With Jackson, Jernigan and Ridgeway all out and Akeem Spence released on Tuesday, the Eagles' defensive tackle depth chart now shows Cox and two players who’ve never played an NFL snap and just joined the team this week at defensive tackle: Anthony Rush, signed off the Raiders’ practice squad, and Albert Huggins, signed off the Texans’ practice squad. Rush was at least with the Eagles from May 9 through July 27.

The Eagles also have Bruce Hector on the practice squad. Hector played 82 snaps on defense for the Eagles last year in between two stints on the practice squad and could be promoted to the 53 to take Ridgway's roster spot. He would become the second-most experienced defensive tackle on the roster.

Ridgeway joins Joe Ostman, Jordan Mailata, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Corey Clement and Jackson on the Eagles’ Injured Reserve list. They can activate two players eight weeks after they were placed on IR, and LeBlanc is a candidate after the Bills game on Sunday.

In seven games, Ridgeway was credited with 10 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and four quarterback hits. He’s tied with Orlando Scandrick for third on the team in sacks and second to Brandon Graham in tackles for loss.

Ridgeway is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Eagles Injury Update: DeSean Jackson still not ready to practice

Eagles Injury Update: DeSean Jackson still not ready to practice

DeSean Jackson was rehabbing on Wednesday, but was still not practicing. 

It appears Jackson is now in serious danger of missing his sixth straight game after getting hurt early in Week 2 against Atlanta. 

Jackson, 32, was working on a side field Wednesday. 

On Wednesday morning, Doug Pederson was asked if Jackson’s recovery is taking longer than expected and if, in hindsight, the Eagles should have just put him on Injured Reserve. That would have kept him out a minimum of eight weeks, meaning his earliest return wouldn’t have been until Nov. 17. Pederson said no. 

“He’s right where we expected him to be at this time,” Pederson said. “IR would have put him eight weeks or so out. He’s right where he needs to be. He’s close.” 

The following players weren’t practicing on Wednesday: Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan, Hassan Ridgeway and Lane Johnson. 

Johnson (illness) was the only player not previously listed on an injury report. Halapoulivaati Vaitai was working at right tackle in his place. 

Here’s a complete update on every injured Eagle: 

Avonte Maddox: The Eagles’ cornerback is still getting over his concussion/neck injury and isn’t expected to play this weekend. Maddox doesn’t have concussion symptoms anymore but is still “dealing with some soreness” in his neck. 

Nigel Bradham: Bradham’s rehab will ramp up this week, but his ankle injury will keep him out of practice. Without Bradham, the Eagles’ top linebackers last week were Nate Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill and T.J. Edwards. 

Tim Jernigan: Jernigan will likely miss his sixth straight game this weekend thanks to a foot injury suffered in Week 2. He’ll be working on a side field this week. 

Jason Peters: Peters (knee) isn’t practicing and is working on rehab. That could mean a second straight start for rookie Andre Dillard. 

Darren Sproles: It seems like Sproles (quad) will likely miss his third straight game Sunday. He won’t practice this week, but will do work on the side. 

Hassan Ridgeway: Ridgeway suffered a significant ankle injury against the Cowboys and is “week to week,” according to the head coach. The Eagles signed two rookie DTs on Monday. 

Jalen Mills: Pederson said Mills (foot) came out of his first game healthy and should be good going forward. He practiced Wednesday. 

Ronald Darby: Darby (hamstring) was limited last week, but Pederson said he expects Darby to be a full participant this week. He might be able to make his return to game action Sunday. He practiced Wednesday. 

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