After the Eagles' Monday night victory over Washington, head coach Doug Pederson was optimistic his team would add some reinforcements from the injury list during its short week of practice before Sunday’s game at Dallas, as was the case the previous week. But when Pederson met with reporters Friday for the final time before heading to Dallas on Saturday, he couldn’t name any additions. It seemed likely there won’t be any.
Pederson said defensive end Michael Bennett would practice Friday, but Bennett (foot) played against Washington and already was assumed to be OK to play at Dallas. After practice, the team listed Bennett as “questionable,” for the game, though he was a full practice participant.
Corner/safety Avonte Maddox “is getting close, we’ll see where he’s at after today, but [we] don’t really expect him much today,” the coach said. Maddox suffered ankle and knee injuries at New Orleans on Nov. 18. He said last week he was targeting Dallas for his return, but Maddox has not practiced this week. He, too, was listed as “questionable.”
Pederson said starting corner Jalen Mills (foot) and starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (calf) are “still a little ways away.” They subsequently were listed as “out” for Dallas.
Maybe most significant was Pederson’s admission that defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is still experiencing back spasms, “so we’re making sure it’s calmed down before we put him back on the field. We’ve got today, tomorrow. We’ll see where he’s at the next couple of days." Jernigan did not practice Friday. He also was listed as “questionable.”
Jernigan missed the first 10 games of the season in the wake of offseason neck disk surgery. He played against the Giants and seemed to fortify the run defense, which will be front and center against Dallas and Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s second-leading rusher, with 1,149 yards on 240 carries. Elliott’s 19 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown fueled the Cowboys' 27-20 road victory over the Eagles on Nov. 11.
“We’ve just gotta make sure that he’s right,” Pederson said. Jernigan’s back stiffened up after warmups Monday night. Though he was listed as active for the game, he did not play.
Pederson said left tackle Jason Peters, who did not practice last week while dealing with a personal matter, was again away from the facility for the same reason but will play at Dallas, as he did against the Redskins.
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