Eagles Injury Report, Week 10: Several players return to practice ahead of Cowboys game

The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Three players did not practice: starting center Jason Kelce, starting cornerback Jalen Mills, nickel cornerback Sidney Jones.

Kelce’s absence was not injury related, although it seems like he’s been playing through pain this year despite not being listed on the injury report. Stefen Wisniewski took first team reps at center.

Mills suffered a foot injury during the Eagles-Jaguars game in London. Reports indicate Mills could miss multiple weeks and Doug Pederson did not sound overly optimstic about his chances of suiting up against Dallas. If Mills is out, it’ll likely be Rasul Douglas who starts in his place.

It seems like Jones will be out this week but there might be some optimism with his situation. Pederson referred to him as “day-to-day” now instead of “week-to-week.” Jones was also seen doing some rehab work on a side field early in practice. After practice, Jones told Les Bowen that he could return next week against the Saints “if all goes well.”

Darren Sproles and Lane Johnson were the most notable players to RETURN to practice. They were both limited. Sproles hasn’t played since Week 1 due to a lingering hamstring issue. Johnson, meanwhile, had to leave the Eagles’ Week 8 game early due to an MCL sprain. Pederson said he expects both Sproles and Johnson to play on Sunday evening.

Elsewhere, veteran safety Corey Graham and linebacker Nathan Gerry also returned to the field as limited participants. Graham has been out since getting hurt in Week 5. Gerry, meanwhile, has missed Philadelphia’s last three games.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles use Graham upon his return. The team seems to like the progress Avonte Maddox has made at safety but with Jones likely out the Eagles could opt to play him at nickel corner. Graham could then play at safety. The more likely option, however, might be newly acquired Cre’Von LeBlanc playing in the slot with Maddox staying at safety. Graham would then resume his pre-Rodney McLeod injury role as a sub-package player.

Tim Jernigan participated in practice to some extent but he’s not listed on the injury report because he’s still on the reserve/non-football injury list. Pederson said the Eagles are going to “bring him [along] slowly day-by-day.” It doesn’t seem like he’s going to play this week.

Mack Hollins and Richard Rodgers, who are still both on the injured reserve list, were seen doing some rehab work on a side field. Both players are eligible to return to the active roster. Keep in mind NFL teams can only activate two players from IR per season. If Hollins and Rodgers are designated as returnees, that means Mike Wallace won’t be able to return this season. Don’t count out Wallace just yet, though.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)
C Jason Kelce (not injury related)
CB Jalen Mills (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

LB Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
OT Lane Johnson (knee)
RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (thumb)
OT Jason Peters (biceps)

DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

The Cowboys are dealing with a number of significant injuries heading into Sunday’s game.

The big news is that made-of-glass linebacker Sean Lee is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after tweaking his hamstring on Monday night. Shocker. The Cowboys are more well-equipped to handle Lee’s absence now than ever with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch on the roster. Still, Lee is a really good player when healthy and it’s not like missing him is a positive for Dallas.

Starting left guard Connor Williams is expected to be out this week. That means it’ll likely be Xavier Su’a-Filo or “Adam Redmond” starting in his place. The rookie Williams has really struggled this season and it’s hard to imagine his backups are much better.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin and backup linebacker Joe Thomas are also expected to miss Sunday’s game.

The Cowboys have some issues on the defensive line with both David Irving and Taco Charlton missing practice. Randy Gregory was also limited.

Starting tight end Geoff Swaim did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

WR Tavon Austin (groin)
DE Taco Charlton (shoulder)
DL David Irving (ankle)
LB Sean Lee (hamstring)
TE Geoff Swaim (knee)
LB Joe Thomas (foot)
WR Deonte Thompson (ribs)
OG Connor Williams (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

DE Randy Gregory (knee)
OG Zack Martin (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION

CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle)

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