Eagles Injury Update: Carroll, Matthews return; Ertz misses practice

Eagles Injury Update: Carroll, Matthews return; Ertz misses practice

The Eagles got two key contributors back on the practice field Thursday. 

Nolan Carroll, who had been in the NFL's concussion protocol, was back at practice inside the bubble at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday morning, which means he should be on target to play Sunday against the Seahawks in Seattle. After Carroll suffered his concussion in the first half against Atlanta, Leodis McKelvin, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury, and rookie Jalen Mills finished the game. 

Jordan Matthews (back spasms) also returned to practice as a limited participant. On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson said Matthews was expected to play on Sunday, despite the back spasms. 

While Carroll and Matthews returned, Zach Ertz was seen leaving the bubble after the team's walkthrough. Ertz (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday.

Ertz has come on strong in recent weeks. Without him, the Eagles would be left with two tight ends on the 53-man roster: Brent Celek and Trey Burton. Celek still presumably has discomfort from a fractured rib he suffered against the Giants.

Reserve safety and special teamer Terrence Brooks (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. 

The injured players who were listed as full participants on Wednesday's injury report — Allen Barbre (hamstring), McKelvin (hamstring) and Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) — all practiced in full again.

The Eagles were inside on Thursday with music blaring as they prepare to face a loud crowd in Seattle's CenturyLink Field. They are expected to be back in the bubble with more noise on Friday. 

Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

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Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

This is bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but good news for the Eagles. 

The NFL is planning on suspending Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, according to a report Thursday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

That means the Eagles’ Week 2 game in Tampa Bay might be a whole lot easier. After opening the season at home against the Falcons, the Eagles play their first road contest of the year against the Bucs.

Winston has played the Eagles just once in his career and was great. He led the Bucs to a 45-17 win over the Eagles at the Linc during his rookie season in 2015. In that game, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 246 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes with zero interceptions.

Winston is one of just seven quarterbacks to ever throw five touchdown passes against the Eagles in a single game; no one has ever thrown more against them in a game. The others are Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Joe Montana, Craig Morton, Don Meredith (twice) and Sonny Jergensen.

Winston, 24, has thrown for at least 3,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2015. To put his early success into perspective, Winston has two 4,000-yard seasons in his first three seasons, the Eagles’ franchise has never had one. 

The Bucs’ backup quarterback is veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who actually went 2-1 in his three starts in place of Winston last season. 

But don’t let those three games fool you, the Bucs are obviously much better with Winston behind center than Fitzpatrick, who has played for five different teams over the past six years. 

According to NFL Research, the Bucs’ first three games of this season are the toughest first three games for any team in the Super  Bowl era based on last year’s records. 

Winston’s suspension stems from an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016. 

Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses Carson Wentz's character through his injury rehab. He takes a look at the Eagles' running back depth. Also, Roob chats with Mondo Cozmo's lead man Josh Ostrander. His single "Shine" hit number one on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017. Ostrander, a Philly native and big Eagles fan, shares his journey and experiencing an Eagles Super Bowl championship.

"He's going to play opening day. I'll go as far as saying I'll be surprised right now if Carson Wentz is not the Eagles starting quarterback on opening day."

1:00 - Carson Wentz's character is unique.
5:00 - Doug Pederson has handled this offseason perfectly.
10:00 - Eagles' running back situation
15:00 - Roob Knows unbelievable stats.
17:00 - Roob's interview with Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo.
19:00 - Josh's memories of the Super Bowl run.
22:00 - Josh's crazy path in music.
31:00 - Josh's Philly roots are still important to him.

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