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Eagles Injury Report: Alshon Jeffery returns to practice, Fletcher Cox still out

Updates on Philadelphia’s injury situation.

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The Philadelphia Eagles issued their second official injury report on Thursday in advance of their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The big news is that Alshon Jeffery returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc injury in December last year.

Jeffery was only limited so I doubt he plays this week. I have a hard time believing that a 30.5-year-old receiver coming off his worst year as a full-time starter and a major foot injury is going to be a season-saver. But Jeffery — whenever he returns — should at least be better than J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the starting X role, which isn’t saying much.

UPDATE: Derrick Gunn has more on Jeffery’s status. Looks like he might not be back until Week 5.

There players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in practice: Fletcher Cox, Jalen Reagor, and Rudy Ford.

Cox missing two days in a row signals that he’s unlikely to play on Sunday. If he can’t go, the Eagles will be down to Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave (who recently returned from injury), and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle. They could also look to elevate practice squad defensive tackle T.Y. McGill to the roster.

Reagor is out this week and might not be back until November. The Eagles are down to DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and John Hightower as their only fully healthy receivers. The team could look to elevate Deontay Burnett from the practice squad ... or just straight up sign him after putting Reagor on injured reserve.

Ford being out leaves the Eagles with four healthy safeties: Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, Marcus Epps, and K’Von Wallace. The Eagles placed a practice squad protection on Grayland Arnold so he’s an elevation candidate.

Lane Johnson was upgraded to FULL PARTICIPATION after being limited on Wednesday. Corey Clement returned from an illness. All the rest guys were also back in full, as expected.

The Eagles will issue their third and final injury report on Friday afternoon.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

DT Fletcher Cox (abdomen)
S Rudy Ford (groin)
WR Jalen Reagor (thumb)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)

FULL PARTICIPATION

RB Corey Clement (illness)
WR DeSean Jackson (not injury related - rest)
DT Malik Jackson (not injury related - rest)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
C Jason Kelce (not injury related - rest)
OT Jason Peters (not injury related - rest)

CINCINNATI BENGALS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)

The Bengals are looking thin at defensive tackle with both Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels missing practice for the second day in a row. The Eagles’ offensive line could be able to have success against Cincy’s interior.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

DT Geno Atkins (shoulder)
DT Mike Daniels (groin/not injury related - personal)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

S Shawn Williams (calf)

FULL PARTICIPATION

DT Christian Covington (arm)
DE Carlos Dunlap (not injury related - rest)
S Brandon Wilson (not injury related - personal)
LB Logan Wilson (thumb)