Like every other team in the NFL, the Eagles are fighting the injury bug. Several players key to winning in Week 3 against the Steelers are on the mend. Here’s a quick look at some of the players limited or sitting out practice Wednesday and an update on how they stand:
TE Zach Ertz
Ertz didn’t practice Wednesday and there was no real update on his high rib injury with regard to Week 3. He’ll likely give way once again to Trey Burton — who will join Brent Celek at tight end against Pittsburgh.
LB Mychal Kendricks
There’s a chance the Eagles outside linebacker plays Sunday but he still has some healing left to do.
“We’re going to holdMychalout of today’s practice,” Doug Pederson said Wednesday, “obviously with the nose fracture and the quad contusion there.”
CB Leodis McKelvin
The Eagles are likely to go another week with Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks joining Nolan Carroll III in trying to defend Antonio Brown and company. There is a chance McKelvin’s hamstring allows him to improve, but not practicing on a Wednesday is a bad sign.
G Isaac Seumalo
The Eagles’ rookie guard has a pectoral injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday and will likely keep him sidelined in Week 3, but that’s not the major concern. The biggest issue is if Seumalo will be ready to go when and if Lane Johnson begins serving his suspension. Pederson says a lack of practice reps will not effect his readiness to play if he is called upon when healthy.
“He’s one of those kids; very sharp kid, studious kid. [It] wouldn’t set him back at all.”
QB Carson Wentz
Wentz was beat up a bit against the Bears but none worse for the wear. Pederson said: “Carson came out good. A little sore today, but they [the players] are all sore. We’re only two days removed from the game. So, [it’s] just normal game wear and tear.”
RB Ryan Mathews
Some feared the Eagles starting running back would have ankle injuries after the Birds’ win at the Bears but he was also doing wellaccording to the coach.
“He’s fine,” Pederson said. “[He’s] just getting treatment on it. But he came out of the game good. He’s good to go.”
Other Eagles who practiced in full through some aches and pains included DE Vinny Curry (knee), S Malcolm Jenkins (foot), S Chris Maragos (elbow) and S Jaylen Watkins (knee).