According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk just might be ready to play in Week 1.
There's strong optimism that RB Chris Polk will be ready for Week 1, so could explain why Tucker was cut.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 30, 2014
This news comes despite the fact that Polk missed most of the summer after suffering slight hamsting tear in late July. Polk only participated in a handful of training camp practices and not a single one of the Eagles' preseason games.
When the Eagles announced their final 53-man roster on Saturday, it was revealed that Polk was one of only three running backs to make the roster. The Eagles cut Matthew Tucker (who suffered a shoulder injury in the Eagles-Jets final preseason game), Henry Josey, and Kenon Barner (waive/injured) in favor of keeping Polk.
It was reported on Friday that Polk's spot would be safe. Here's what I wrote at the time.
The Eagles clearly aren't ready to give up on Polk yet. Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly called Polk one of the team's "key special teams players" earlier in the offseason and it was clear the Eagles had some level of faith in Polk when they traded away former backup running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills. Also consider that over 70% of Polk's total offensive snaps came in the last four weeks of the 2013 season.
For the Eagles sake, hopefully Polk truly is healthy and ready to play.