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Eagles injury report: Jason Kelce takes first team reps, Darren Sproles practices

An update on the Eagles Week 9 injury situation.

Rich Schultz

The Philadelphia Eagles returned to practice on Tuesday and there are a few updates on the team's injury situation as they prepare to face the Houston Texans this week. Keep in mind the Eagles run a light workout on Tuesdays.

The big news is that starting center Jason Kelce was seen taking first team repetitions at center. Kelce returned to practice last week but was limited and was listed questionable on the final injury report before being ruled inactive on game-day. There was speculation last week that Kelce may be able to return this week, so it looks like that's still possible, but not guaranteed. Kelce would serve as a significant upgrade over backup David Molk. If Kelce can't return this week, he should be ready by Week 10 at the latest.

Todd Herremans, who reportedly suffered a biceps injury, was seen at practice. While that's a positive sign, his status bears close watching as the week progresses. For what it's worth, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur did not seem overly concerned about Herremans' injury.

Veteran running back Darren Sproles was at practice. Sproles practiced last week and was limited. Sproles was essentially a game-day decision against Arizona and was ruled inactive. A Sproles return this week can't be ruled out.

Starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks was seen at practice. The third-year player was limited in practice last week but played against the Cardinals. Kendricks was used in a limited role, however, so he's not quite 100% yet.

Backup safety Earl Wolff, who suffered an injury during a special teams play against the Cardinals, also practiced.

Among Eagles players not practicing: starting safety Nate Allen, nickel cornerback Brandon Boykin, wide receiver Brad Smith, and wide receiver Jeff Maehl.

Smith is dealing with a groin injury and had surgery in Week 6. He doesn't seem close to returning.

Allen and Boykin are both dealing with a hamstring injury and have been listed as day-to-day. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Allen's hamstring injury is "minor" and that Boykin "should be OK."

The Eagles will release their first *official* Week 9 injury report tomorrow on Wednesday.



C Jason Kelce (hernia)
RB Darren Sproles (knee)
ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf)
OG Todd Herremans (biceps)
S Earl Wolff

OG Evan Mathis (knee) [not on active roster until Week 10]

Not Practicing

WR Brad Smith (groin)
S Nate Allen (hamstring)
CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring)
WR Jeff Maehl

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