As noted earlier on Thursday, starting inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans returned to practice. Ryans was listed as a limited participant, but he said he expects to play this week. The veteran linebacker has been dealing with a groin injury suffered in Week 5. It appears Ryans will be less than 100% if he does play. Ryans has only missed 12 career games and those came following a season-ending achilles injury in 2010.
Ryans just did positional stuff, no 11-on-11s, but sentiment is that he'll play. Said one teammate: "He's nuts in the head like that."— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 9, 2014
Fellow starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks still has not returned to practice. Kendricks will likely miss Sunday's game at this rate. The third-year linebacker has been out since Week 2 due to a calf injury.
The combination of backup linebackers Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho, and Marcus Smith II will fill in for Kendricks and/or Ryans. Matthews will wear the helmet with the headset if Ryans can't go.
Third string running back and kick returner Chris Polk did not practice yet again. Polk will likely be replaced by rookie wide receiver Josh Huff on kickoff returns. Tight end Trey Burton may serve as the team's third string running back behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.
Depth wide receiver and special teams contributor Brad Smith suffered a core muscle injury and underwent surgery on Thursday. Smith will be out for a couple of weeks. Smith's absence means Jeff Maehl will likely return to the active game-day roster.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Thursday)
C Jason Kelce (hernia)
WR Brad Smith (groin)
Did Not Practice
ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf)
RB Chris Polk (hamstring)
ILB DeMeco Ryans (groin)
OLB Connor Barwin (knee)
CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring)
TE Trey Burton (achilles)
CB Nolan Carroll II (hamstring)
WR Josh Huff (shoulder)
OL Matt Tobin (ankle)
Eagles injury reports: Wednesday |
Injury Report (Thursday)
New York's injury report looks the same as it did on Wednesday. Starting running back Rashad Jennings did not practice. Rookie rusher Andre Williams will likely start in his place.
Starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and starting linebacker Jon Beason were limited yet again.
Did Not Practice
RB Rashad Jennings (knee)
LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring)
LB Jon Beason (foot/toe)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle/hamstring)
P Steve Weatherford (left ankle)