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Reports: Nelson Agholor will not play against the Packers tonight

The second-year wideout will reportedly be inactive.

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According to both Howard Eskin (yes, we know) and ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Nelson Agholor will be inactive for tonight’s game against the Packers.

Agholor has played 23 games for the Eagles since being drafted by the team in the first round of last year’s draft.

He’s caught 50 passes for 547 yards and two touchdowns in those 23 games, a fairly paltry number for a first-round draft pick a season and a half into his career.

Agholor is coming off possibly the worst game of his career, in which a simple procedure penalty from him cost the team a touchdown, and in which he also dropped a wide-open pass for at least a 20-yard gain.

Doug Pederson said early on in the week that it was possible Agholor could be deactivated, or at least limited, to allow the 23-year-old wideout to gather himself, get over what seems to be a mental block, and move on.

Here’s Pederson, after last week’s loss:

“I’m going to keep encouraging the kid. He works hard every single day now. I’m going to keep talking, keep loving on him, encouraging him. By no means am I going to be down on him. This loss today, this was on me. I’ve got to make sure I’m doing everything I can to get these guys ready to play.”

And then on Wednesday, Pederson said he’d spoken to Agholor, but hadn’t made a decision just yet on his status.

Now he has. Will it extend past one week? If Paul Turner plays well tonight, it would be hard to say no.

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