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Eagles Injury Update: Nick Foles returns to practice

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Plus updates on other players.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Training Camp Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s an update on the Philadelphia Eagles’ injury situation as the team prepares to play the New York Jets on Thursday evening.

Nick Foles

Foles returned to practice on Monday. It’s unclear if Foles was a full participant, however, since the session wasn’t fully open to the media and he wasn’t available to reporters prior to practice.

Foles has been dealing with elbow soreness since early in training camp. He missed nearly a month of practice and two preseason games before looking ready to return to action. But then Foles’ elbow acted up again last week which prevented him from practicing on Tuesday and playing on Thursday.

Doug Pederson doesn’t seem concerned with Foles’ injury. He said the backup quarterback will be ready to play (if needed, which hopefully isn’t the case) in Week 1.

That doesn’t mean Foles will be magically healed by then, though. Pederson basically admitted Foles’ elbow pain is something the quarterback will just have to deal with.

You manage it by limiting some throws. At the same time, we get to the regular season, you got to play with a little soreness and a little pain. Everybody's going to be in that situation all season long. [The] quarterback is no different.

We just got to continue to stay on top of his treatment, and make sure he's getting the right treatment, obviously, on that elbow. And [then] do what we can, even in practice, to make sure he's getting the right amount of reps where we're not taxing him, especially early in the season where we're starting to build him back up to regular season full.

This situation is an underrated concern. It seems like this might be a recurring issue with Foles. It’s hard to see how his status will improve as he continues to throw. The pain might impact his performance, too. Foles hasn’t exactly looked sharp in offseason practices.

The Eagles should at least be considering other quarterback options (hello, Colin Kaepernick) if Foles can’t stay healthy.

Nate Gerry

Did not practice. Gerry suffered some kind of injury during the Eagles-Dolphins game last week and left early. He hasn’t practiced since. Maybe the Eagles will try to stash the safety-turned-linebacker on injured reserve for his rookie season.

Ron Brooks

Did not practice. After suffering a season-ending injury in 2016, Brooks has missed a lot of practice time this offseason. Patrick Robinson is the favorite to be the first team nickel corner at this point.

Jordan Hicks

Did not practice. Hicks suffered a groin injury last week but said there’s no doubt he’ll be ready for Week 1.

Brandon Graham

Did not practice. Graham is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Paul Turner

Did not practice. Turner will likely be waived with an injury settlement soon. He hasn’t practiced since the first week of training camp.

Destiny Vaeao

Did not practice. Missed last week’s Eagles-Dolphins game and hasn’t practiced since.

Jalen Mills

Did not practice. Day-to-day with a hand injury, per Pederson.

Najee Goode

Did not practice. Seems to have gotten a little banged up during last week’s preseason game.

Sidney Jones

Still on the NFI list.

Beau Allen

Not on the NFI list anymore. Returned to practice on Sunday. Allen is expected to play on Thursday night.

Josh Andrews

Returned to practice on Sunday after being out for a month due to a hand injury.

Dexter McDougle

McDougle isn’t hurt, but he missed Sunday’s practice because he had to wait for physicals to be passed before he could participate. McDougle practiced with the Eagles for the first time today. Sounds like he’s on pace to play against his former team, the Jets, on Thursday evening.