There’s actually some good news this week! DeSean Jackson, Timmy Jernigan, and Darren Sproles all returned to practice for the first time in some time. They were limited participants.
Jackson’s return is especially noteworthy given how much the Eagles’ could use him back. Multiple reports indicate he could play this week. John Clark offers an update on Jackson’s speed:
I’m told DeSean Jackson’s speed is almost back to where he was at the start of season— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 30, 2019
He is at 19-20 mph, up from 16 mph a few weeks ago
He is feeling good. He knows he will have to deal with some soreness. He has worked really hard to get back
DeSean Jackson is practicing for the first time since he strained his abdominal muscle in week 2— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 30, 2019
I’m told he is 90-95%. I’m told he flew in his trainer for the week to get ready for Sunday. His goal is to return. DJax has worked very hard to get here #Eagles pic.twitter.com/TVXQ1CdqDe
Sproles hasn’t played since Week 6 but it seems like he might be back this week. He’d at least be an upgrade over Boston Scott, who fumbled against the Bills, at punt returner.
Jernigan hasn’t played since Week 2. It’d be ideal for the Eagles to get him back since Fletcher Cox, Anthony Rush, and Albert Huggins are the only three other defensive tackles on the roster.
Three players did not practice on Wednesday: Miles Sanders, Jason Peters, and Nigel Bradham.
It sounds Sanders is expected to be good for this week’s game.
Miles Sanders says he expects to practice tomorrow and play Sunday. Aggravated a shoulder injury from college, he said, had no strength in the shoulder when he left the Buffalo game— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 30, 2019
Doug Pederson made it sound like Peters and Bradham won’t be available for this week’s game.
Two players were listed as full participants: Avonte Maddox and Josh Sweat.
Maddox is set to play this week for the first time since getting concussed by Andrew Sendejo in Week 4. Good to see. Maddox figure to be the Eagles’ primary nickel cornerback, sending Sidney Jones back to the bench.
Sweat had to leave the Bills game early but he appears to be fine.
We’ll learn more abut the team’s injury situation when they put out their second injury report tomorrow afternoon.
Jersey number note: new Eagles defensive end Genard Avery is wearing No. 58. First Eagles defensive lineman to wear that since ... Trent Cole.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
RB Miles Sanders (shoulder)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
RB Darren Sproles (quad)
CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
DE Josh Sweat (ankle)
CHICAGO BEARS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Bears are pretty healthy. Backup linebacker Isaiah Irving is the only player listed on Chicago’s report.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Isaiah Irving (quad)