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Eagles Injury Update: Philadelphia's defense is missing several key players

The Eagles' defense is really hurting.

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The Philadelphia Eagles were missing several key defensive players during their training session on Tuesday afternoon. Here's a full update on the team's injury situation.

Kiko Alonso

Bill Davis said he doesn't expect Alonso to play this week, which is expected. The linebacker reportedly suffered a partial ACL tear. According to Jeff McLane, Alonso is still deciding whether to have surgery or not.

Mychal Kendricks

Kendricks told reporters on Monday that he hopes to play this week after suffering a hamstring injury in the Cowboys game. Davis said there's an "outside chance" Kendricks could play and it depends how he handles practice this week. Kendricks seemingly didn't practice on Tuesday. With Alonso and Kendricks potentially out, look for the Eagles to rely a lot on DeMeco Ryans and rookie Jordan Hicks. Brad Jones and the recently re-signed Najee Goode could also be in the mix.

Cedric Thornton

Thornton told reporters he broke his hand early in the Dallas game but continued to play. Tough dude. Thornton wouldn't give a timetable for his return, but sources tell me the injury could keep him out for up to three weeks. With Thornton out, expect Taylor Hart  (if healthy) to get plenty of time at defensive end. Vinny Curry will also likely see some snaps there.

Taylor Hart

Speaking of Hart, he didn't dress for practice. He told reporters he suffered a shoulder injury and is day to day. He's unsure if he will play against the Jets. If Hart can't play, it's up to Brandon Bair to step up.

Fletcher Cox

Cox didn't practice on Tuesday. It was believed to be a day off for him.

Jerome Couplin

Couplin did not practice. No word on what kept the reserve safety out of action.

Seyi Ajirotutu

The veteran wide receiver returned to practice after sitting out last week with a concussion.

Marcus Smith

Davis noted that Smith is fully healthy now. With Jones helping out more at inside linebacker and Curry more at defensive end now, it seems like playing time has opened up for Smith as the Eagles' third outside linebacker. Smith was presumably a healthy scratch in Week 2.


The Eagles will release their first official Week 3 injury report tomorrow on Wednesday.

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