Slowly but surely, the Eagles are rounding back into full health.
Receiver DeSean Jackson, running back Darren Sproles, and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan were on the practice field Wednesday with the rest of their teammates.
It had been a while since that happened. They were listed on the team’s injury report as limited, but just being out there, helmets on, was a sight to behold for a team that has been wracked by injuries this year.
The entire team wasn’t there, with linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle), left tackle Jason Peters (knee), and running back Miles Sanders (shoulder) not participating, but it was certainly a good sign seeing Jackson, Sproles, and Jernigan on the field.
Cornerback Avonte Maddox was listed as a full participant for the first time since he suffered a concussion and neck injury on a scary hit in Green Bay on Sept. 26 and should be ready to play his first game since then on Sunday when the Chicago Bears visit Philly.
Sanders should be ready to return to practice on Thursday. The Penn State rookie, who is playing his way into offensive rookie of the year conversation, said the team is just being cautious with the injury he suffered against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Sanders said that he lost strength and range of motion in a shoulder that he had operated on in college two years ago.
“I must’ve done something to re-aggravate it or something, but they didn’t want me to go back in (against the Bills),” said Sanders. “This is the first time I’ve had a problem with my shoulder since the surgery.”
Sanders leads all rookie in all-purpose yards with 851 and continues to improve each week.
“I think he learned from his first time out to Sunday, and I think that's one of the things that I've been most impressed with him, is how well he's been able to take those corrections from (Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs) Duce (Staley) and from the tape and apply that to practice and apply that into the next game,” said head coach Doug Pederson.
“You saw it Sunday. It really is beginning to manifest in the game where he's seeing that hole a little bit sooner, making that cut and getting positive yards.”
Pederson also said he is optimistic about the return of Jackson this week. Jackson is scheduled to meet with reporters on Thursday afternoon.
THE NEW GUY
Genard Avery didn’t move the dial much on the trade meter when the Eagles acquired him on Monday from the Cleveland Browns, but Avery is ready to play whatever role is asked of him.
Primarily a linebacker with the Browns and at the University of Memphis, Avery said the Eagles told him they want him to line up however he feels most comfortable, but is working on a three-point, defensive end stance as opposed to the two-point stance that linebackers use.
“I know they’ll use me at my best position,” said Avery. “I’m sure they’re going to have me in coverage and do a lot of stuff with this scheme and the DC (Jim Schwartz), I know he wants me to move everywhere.”