Eagles injury report: Darby and Hicks limited in practice as Defense craves depth

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The Eagles have released their second injury report of the week and there are some interesting updates to note.

Limited Participation in Practice

Thursday

DT Beau Allen (foot), CB Ronald Darby (ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Timmy Jernigan (ankle)

Friday

CB Ronald Darby (ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice

Thursday

DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Brandon Graham (shoulder), T Lane Johnson (concussion), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

Friday

DT Beau Allen (foot), DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Brandon Graham (shoulder), DT Timmy Jernigan (ankle), T Lane Johnson (concussion), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

The first and most important being that both Ronald Darby and Jordan Hicks are still limited. The former Buffalo corner returned to practice for the first time since an ankle injury sustained in week one and while we may not see him active until next week’s clash against Denver, it’s a huge positive to see him return to practice overall.

As for Hicks, being limited for two practices in a row one week after picking up his calf injury is a little worrying. Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham have come up big in place of the former Texas Longhorn, but Hicks is an integral part of the Defense who has had more than his fair share of injury battles to start his career. Doug Pederson spoke positively regarding the status of Hicks, but whether or not we see him on Sunday is another debate entirely.

This becomes even more worrying when the Eagles second leading tackler in Mychal Kendricks was also limited due to a hamstring injury. The Eagles have recently called up Nate Gerry to their final roster which could indicate they’re preparing for at least a less than 100% linebacker corps on Monday Night.

On the plus side, Timmy Jernigan returned to practice in full capacity which is a big plus for the Eagles. Beau Allen, Fletcher Cox and Destiny Vaeao were all full participants which is huge for a position that was beginning to look wobbly from a depth standpoint. The Eagles are likely to have their full rotation of defensive tackles back soon.

 

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