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Official: Eagles open Avonte Maddox’s 21-day practice window [UPDATE]

Some good news for the Eagles secondary.

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UPDATE: The Eagles officially activated Avonte Maddox’s 21-day practice window to return from injured reserve on Thursday, December 21.

ORIGINAL STORY PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 16 BELOW.


After some bad news early on Saturday — Jalen Hurts missing practice with an illness, and Darius Slay undergoing knee surgery earlier in the week — there was finally a bit of good news for the Eagles, with a new report by ESPN’s Tim McManus indicating the team was expected to open the 21-day practice window for CB Avonte Maddox.

This seemed like something that was coming sooner rather than later with Maddox seen doing some individual work off to the side at practice earlier in the week. But, with Slay out for at least a week or two — if not more —, Maddox’s return from a pec injury will be a huge help.

The veteran CB was one of the first dominos to fall for the secondary at the beginning of the season, and the defense seemingly spent the next nine weeks trying to fill his role in the slot with a rotation of different guys. It wasn’t until Bradley Roby was signed, and then back from injury, that the Eagles finally had some stability in the back-end of the defense.

With Slay out as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery, DC Sean Desai might consider moving Roby to the outside and then put Maddox back in the slot. Until Maddox is ready to return to the field, however, they’ve got some flexibility with Kelee Ringo, Josh Jobe, and Eli Ricks, and will almost assuredly rotate and move guys around throughout Monday night’s game against the Seahawks.

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