Doug Pederson said his sit-down with frazzled wide receiver Nelson Agholor went well, but Pederson said he hasn't decided whether Agholor will be active Monday night when the Eagles host Green Bay.
"He's got to get himself ready to play. We've got a game Monday night, and he's still a big part of the team. Business as usual ... I have not made a decision yet" on whether Paul Turner, up from the practice squad, might replace Agholor in the lineup, Pederson said. Pederson said that given all the Eagles' bumps and bruises, it's possible he activates five wide receivers Monday instead of his usual four. In that case, Agholor would have to play.
"I've just gotta see, from his standpoint, how he handles -- this'll be a big week for him -- how he handles it mentally, how he handles it with his teammates, how he reacts on the practice field with the things that have sort of fallen in his lap. Just how well he responds, and can he handle a little adversity in his career," Pederson said.
"I know exactly where he sits, because I sat there a few years ago, as a quarterback," in 1999, when Andy Reid replaced Pederson with Donovan McNabb after a 2-7 start. (There was no issue then with Pederson's mental or emotional state, however.)
"I think a lot of the pressure is outside, more than internal," Pederson said. "People put expectations on players. Some of it might be warranted; some of it's not. He's in a new scheme change, he's learning some new techniques, new plays ... I still have confidence in him. Obviously, we'll see as the week goes."
Asked if his chat with the team's 2015 first-round pick reassured him, Pederson said: "Oh, for sure. He understands. He knows where he's at. He knows where I stand."
Pederson said over the past few weeks, Agholor has been seeing a sports psychologist the team employs.
Sunday in Seattle, Agholor was held without a catch while playing 70 snaps. (He caught a late two-point conversion that counts as a special teams play, not an official reception.) Agholor also failed to line up correctly, wiping out a 57-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz, then a 25-yard catch bounced off his arms. After the game, Agholor said he needed to get out of his head and stop pressing. Monday, the team brought up Turner and cut corner Aaron Grymes, who has rejoined the practice squad. Terrence Brooks, the player Grymes replaced on special teams, has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Pederson said Connor Barwin (knee), Darren Sproles (rib), Ryan Mathews (knee) wouldn't practice Wednesday but are likely to play Monday. Leodis McKelvin remains in the concussion protocol, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "week-to-week" with the MCL injury he suffered at Seattle. (A source close to the situation has said Vaitai will miss about 4 weeks.)