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Eagles Injury Report: Alshon Jeffery practices in full, four other players sit out

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Some good news and some bad news.

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The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans.

The good news is that Alshon Jeffery was a full participant in practice for the first time this season. This isn’t surprising since Doug Pederson said he was cleared for contact but it’s still good to see the confirmation.

Although Pederson wouldn’t guarantee that Jeffery will play against the Titans, it would be surprising if No. 17 isn’t back this weekend. His return will be welcomed considering how the Eagles have been depleted at the wide receiver position. The thinking here is that Jeffery and Kamar Aiken could be starters on the outside with Nelson Agholor working in the slot.

The bad news is that four players did not practice on Wednesday: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Rodney McLeod, and Michael Bennett.

Ajayi was seen running on a separate field prior to practice, which seems better than him doing nothing at all. Sproles was able to do some stretching with the team before practice began. If neither player can suit up this week, the Eagles will once again roll with Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams as their three active running backs. That trio combined for 142 rushing yards and one touchdown against the Colts in Week 3.

Pederson failed to give a significant update on McLeod’s status during his Wednesday presser. The Eagles head coach said McLeod still had one more medical test he needs to go through. The early buzz is that McLeod won’t play this week and could miss multiple games. We’ll see. If that’s the case, that’d be a significant loss for the Eagles. It forces Corey Graham into a starting role next to Malcolm Jenkins and potentially messes with Philadelphia’s subpackages. Deiondre’ Hall, whom the Eagles traded for during final cuts, would be the top backup to Graham and Jenkins with McLeod missing time.

Bennett missed practice due to “illness.” I’d imagine he’ll be at practice tomorrow and ready to play on Sunday.

Carson Wentz wasn’t listed on the injury report for the first time all season. No surprise but great to see. Also good to see Jason Peters not listed on the report after he was limited in practice with a quad issue last week.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

RB Jay Ajayi (back)
RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)
S Rodney McLeod (knee)
DE Michael Bennett (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION

WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder)

TENNESSEE TITANS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

Marcus Mariota was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice despite the fact he’s recently been dealing with a pinched nerve in his throwing arm. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota WILL start against the Eagles. With Gabbert potentially out as he recovers from a concussion, the Titans signed Austin Davis to be Mariota’s backup.

Former Eagles Dennis Kelly and David Fluellen were among five Titans players who did not practice today. Kelly serves as Tennessee’s swing tackle while Fluellen is the third running back behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis. (For those who can’t recall, the Eagles traded Fluellen to the Colts in exchange for Cody Parkey back in 2014.)

Titans kicker Ryan Succop is dealing with knee tendinitis.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

RB David Fluellen (groin)
QB Blaine Gabbert (concussion)
OT Dennis Kelly (illness)
WR Rishard Matthews (not injury related)
K Ryan Succop (left knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

LB Kamalei Correa (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION

OT Jack Conklin (knee)
CB Adoree Jackson (concussion)
S Kendrick Lewis (foot)
QB Marcus Mariota (right elbow)