Among the players not participating during the Philadelphia Eagles' Tuesday practice session were: starting inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, depth running back Chris Polk, and depth wide receiver Brad Smith. Keep in mind the Eagles run a light workout on Tuesdays.
Of these injuries, Ryans' absence is obviously most notable. Ryans left this past week's Eagles-Rams game early with a right groin injury and did not return to action. Reports from late on Sunday night indicated that Ryans' injury was not very serious.
The official word from defensive coordinator Bill Davis on Ryans is that the veteran linebacker is "day-to-day." Davis did note that "it looks good" for Ryans' playing chances against the New York Giants this week. Ryans' progress will be something to monitor through out the next couple of days.
In more positive news for the Eagles, fellow starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks returned to practice in some capacity on Tuesday. This is the first time Kendricks has participated in practice since suffering a calf injury in Week 2. Davis also described Kendricks as "day-to-day" as well. It was reported last week that Kendricks might miss the team's Week 6 game. Kendricks returning to practice is certainly a good sign, but it's not quite a guarantee that he will play.
Backup inside linebackers Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will both see playing time if Kendricks and/or Ryans can't play. Rookie first round pick Marcus Smith II will also be used in a limited capacity.
As far as Polk's hamstring injury goes, it was originally reported on Sunday night that he likely won't play in Week 6. Polk is dealing with the same hamstring issue that kept him out of action for most of the summer. Josh Huff and/or Nolan Carroll II will likely fill in for Polk as the team's kick returner if he can't play. Rookie tight end Trey Burton may serve as the team's emergency third string running back behind seasoned veterans LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.
Brad Smith has been dealing with a groin issue throughout the season but it hasn't caused him to miss any playing time. Perhaps Smith is just getting the day off.
The Eagles will release their first official Week 6 injury report tomorrow on Wednesday.
UPDATE (2:10 PM EST) - It appears Kendricks did not practice very much, according to Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Ryans noted that Kendricks mostly just warmed up with the team in practice but did not do much else.