Three Eagles players did not practice: starting cornerback Ronald Darby, backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, and fifth string running back Donnel Pumphrey.
We all know the deal with Darby by now. He confirmed he’s likely to be out for the next four-to-six weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in Week 1. It remains to be seen exactly how the Eagles will replace him. Jim Schwartz refused to give any insight on Philadelphia’s plan. It sounds like the Eagles want to keep Patrick Robinson in the slot, which could mean more playing time for Jaylen Watkins and/or rookie Rasul Douglas at outside corner.
Vaeao has now missed two practices in a row. It seems like 2017 sixth round pick Elijah Qualls could make his NFL regular season debut on Sunday. Qualls really stood out in the preseason. He’ll likely take over for Vaeao’s role as the fourth defensive tackle behind starters Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan and top backup Beau Allen.
Pumphrey was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice so it seems he got hurt yesterday before being held out today. Pumphrey obviously wouldn’t have been active this week even if he was healthy. This is Pumphrey’s second hamstring injury since training camp.
Starting left tackle Jason Peters was a full participant in practice for the second day in a row, which is a good sign. Philadelphia will need him while facing Kansas City’s pass rushing tandem of Justin Houston and Dee Ford. The Eagles need to do a better job of protecting Carson Wentz in Week 2.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (Thursday)
Did Not Practice
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)
RB Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring)
LB Najee Goode (forearm)
DE Brandon Graham (triceps)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
CB Jalen Mills (thumb)
OT Jason Peters (groin)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS INJURY REPORT (Thursday)
It sounds like starting defensive tackle Bennie Logan returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. He’s really the only significant name on Kansas City’s injury report.
Official Chiefs injury report TBA.