The Eagles sit at 5-3, at the half-way mark of the season, and at this stage are a relatively healthy squad. The team got back to the practice field on Thursday and Friday with only two players not participating.
Safety Nate Allen sat out of practice both days with the neck strain he suffered Sunday, putting his young, but impressive starting streak in jeopardy. Allen has started all eight games for the Eagles this season. In Allen’s absence backup safety Kurt Coleman will get most of the first team reps in practice this week and is expected to make his first career NFL start.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott met with reporters Friday, and spoke highly of Coleman’s progress with the first unit. “He’s done a good job. Another young player, as I’ve mentioned earlier, that has stepped in and done a nice job last week in a reserve role when Nate went down and then this week in the role that he’s going to have going into Monday night,” McDermott said. “Just like the other players on this defense, young or old, nothing fazes them.
Guard Max Jean-Gilles is feeling better but is still having the effects from his concussion and will not practice until he has been cleared by an independent doctor. Guard/center Nick Cole and guard Reggie Wells will split the first team snaps at right guard Monday, with Jean-Gilles out.
CB Ellis Hobbs and T King Dunlap both returned to the practice field Thursday, after suffering a hip flexor and a knee injury respectively. Participation was limited, but a return Monday night could be a possibility for both of them.
Head coach Andy Reid said both Hobbs and Dunlap will be limited and will be used mostly on the scout team. That he wants to “ease them back in there.” He also went on to say that he feels both are a “stretch” for Monday.
Hobbs saw a back specialist this past week and has been cleared to go, but CB Dimitri Patterson filled in very nicely in Hobbs’ absence last week. Expect Patterson to get the start against the Redskins.
Return to the nest
The Eagles have rolled the dice a second time around on TE Cornelius Ingram, signing him to the practice squad on Thursday. The Eagles selected Ingram in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The 6’4” 250 pound tight end had back to back years with serious knee injuries sidelining him.
There were high hopes for him to come in and be an impact player on this Eagles offense this season, but sadly he couldn’t remain healthy.The Eagles decided to part ways with the former Florida standout in training camp last summer. The Eagles currently have three tight ends on the active roster — Brent Celek, rookie Clay Harbor, Garrett Mills.