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Eagles get one corner back; jury still out on the other

The Eagles got one of their two starting cornerbacks back Wednesday as Eric Rowe returned to practice after clearing concussion protocol.

The Eagles got one of their two starting cornerbacks back Wednesday as Eric Rowe returned to practice after clearing concussion protocol.

Byron Maxwell's availability for the Redskins game, though, still remains very much in question. He was unable to practice for the second straight day.

Maxwell suffered an SC joint sprain near his collarbone in the second quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Cardinals.

Also, as the Daily News' Les Bowen reported Tuesday, nose tackle Bennie Logan probably isn't going to play Saturday. Logan, who had been dealing with an ankle injury for a while, suffered a calf strain against the Cardinals. He didn't practice Wednesday.

All Chip Kelly would say about Logan's status is that he's day to day and that a decision on his availability for the game won't be made until later in the week.

If Logan can't go, his backup, Beau Allen, will start.

"Beau's done a really nice job," Kelly said. "Brandon Bair would be active if Bennie can't go. So we'll still have a six-man rotation on the defensive line."

Kelly said Bair, who is strictly a defensive end, wouldn't be used at nose tackle. "Ced (Cedric Thornton) can play in there, Fletch (Cox) could play in there," he said.

- Kelly said one of the keys to the Redskins' recent success - they've won three of their last four games - has been Kirk Cousins. "They're getting great quarterback play right now," he said. Kirk is playing outstanding. He's completing a really high percentage of passes (a league-best 69.7 percent). He's also very active with his feet. He had a 13-yard touchdown against the Bills. You've got to be aware in the run game not only of Alfred Morris, but now with the bootlegs and the play-action off of it because of Kirk's athleticism."

- Kelly on DeSean Jackson: "He adds a different dimension. In the first game, you could concentrate on (Pierre) Garcon. Now, you just can't concentrate on Garcon. You've got DeSean, and (tight end) Jordan Reed is playing really, really well right now too. They have three formidable guys there. When they get into "11" personnel (three wide receivers) and put (Jamison) Crowder on the field, you've got four guys you have to worry about. It spreads you out a little bit as far as who has to get your attention. But all of those guys need your attention."

- Kelly said the Eagles need to win the turnover battle Saturday to beat the Redskins. "I think it's going to come down to turnovers," he said. "In any game, it becomes a turnover battle in terms of us being able to protect the football against a really good defense that does a good job of taking it away. When you look at the games we've been successful, we've protected the football on the offensive side. And by the same token, can we force Kirk and that group on the offensive side to turn it over."