The Philadelphia Eagles returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon after having been off since Friday last week. It was a nice little break for the team, but now the Eagles are preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL regular season.
As always, the Eagles held a light practice on Tuesday. The team only wears shells and shorts (no pads) on these days, so there's no real contact. With that said, here's an update on the team's injury situation:
• All 63 players (53-man roster + 10-man practice squad) participated in Philadelphia's Tuesday practice.
• Zach Ertz returned to practice, as expected. He doesn't appear to be 100% yet after returning from surgery on his groin. Prior to practice, Chip Kelly said the team will monitor Ertz's progress this week. After practice, Ertz said he expects to be a game-time decision for Monday night. If Ertz can't suit up, expect Trey Burton to see increased snaps.
• Outside linebacker Marcus Smith returned to practice for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury three weeks ago. Smith told reporters he expects to be eased in to Wednesday's practice, which is typically a more physical day. Kelly said Vinny Curry, Brad Jones, and Bryan Braman are in the mix for the third outside linebacker spot if Smith can't play.
• Second-year kicker Cody Parkey seems to be fine after missing the last two preseason games, as expected. He hung out with reporters during the media Eagles field goal challenge, which was won by Bleeding Green Nation alumnus Jimmy Kempski, by the way.
Big congrats to @thephillyvoice's @JimmyKempski, who sported gold cleats to win the #FGC for St. Joan of Arc. pic.twitter.com/u9W0hgu4rs— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 9, 2015
• No other major injuries to report. The Eagles are relatively healthy heading into their Week 1 game, which is always a good sign for the team.