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Eagles' Sturgis vows to keep helmet on now

CALEB STURGIS had taken off his helmet and was wearing an Eagles cap, kicking balls for returners to field as the team warmed up at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field for last Thursday's preseason game.

CALEB STURGIS had taken off his helmet and was wearing an Eagles cap, kicking balls for returners to field as the team warmed up at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field for last Thursday's preseason game.

Then Sturgis was on the ground.

"I watched the ball go up in the air. I kind of saw (Sturgis). Next thing I know, he was getting struck in the middle of the head with the ball," recalled punter Donnie Jones, who said he had never previously felled a teammate in an NFL career dating to 2004.

Sturgis missed the game with a concussion and returned to practice Monday.

"As soon as he got hit he fell to the ground, so I went, 'Oh, (bleep) it's probably serious.' I walked over there to make sure he was OK. He was kinda woozy," Jones said. "But he's good now. He can't get too mad; he had a couple extra days off."

"It didn't feel good . . . It was like someone dropped a weight on your head," said Sturgis, who said he has taken some grief in the locker room. One popular joke has been that Cody Parkey, competing with Sturgis for the kicking job, paid Jones to conk his competition.

"If Donnie's that good . . . "Sturgis said, laughing.

"Absolutely not," Jones said.

Sturgis said he will always wear a helmet on the field now.

Jones said the only incident of this type he can remember was several years ago, when he accidentally hit a Cardinals wideout or defensive back in the shoulder with a warmup punt, enraging the player, who wanted to fight.

Parkey, meanwhile, hit both extra points and a 40-yard field goal, and also netted a pair of kickoff touchbacks against the Steelers, after unexpectedly being given all the reps.

No wincing from Wentz?

Carson Wentz threw Monday for the third day in a row, despite sore ribs.

"It's killing me not to be out there," Wentz said. "It's one of those things, it just takes time."

Wentz said his goal is still to play in the final preseason game, Sept. 1 vs. the Jets. He said his ribs will be scanned again in about a week, but nothing definite has been scheduled. The team said he suffered a hairline fracture in the preseason opener against Tampa.

"I'm feeling good now, in my daily activities," said Wentz, the second player taken in the 2016 draft.

Earlier, coach Doug Pederson told reporters Wentz would not throw Monday, after experiencing soreness from his Saturday and Sunday throwing.

Wentz said he always wears a flak jacket, but Tampa linebacker Micah Awe "hit me at a funny spot, got me just right."

Wentz said meeting Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, a fellow North Dakota resident, at Saturday's practice was "a pretty cool experience."

Birdseed

Defensive tackle Mike Martin (knee) and cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring) rejoined practice on a limited basis . . . The Eagles released linebacker Deontae Skinner, a former New England Patriot who spent last season on the Birds' practice squad . . . Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham said he wants to "get a couple targets, get a couple catches" in the third preseason game, Saturday at Indianapolis, and show coaches "that I've been studying, and I've been in my playbook" since last week's trade from Tennessee. Doug Pederson called Green-Beckham "eager to learn," and said he has "a great personality in the room."

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