Wide receiver Jordan Matthews sprained his right ankle Monday in the 27-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but the Eagles say he will be able to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. So will right guard Brandon Brooks, who missed Monday's game because of an illness.
Matthews exited the Packers game late in the second quarter. He tried to return in the third but could not play and left after one series. X-rays were negative. Coach Doug Pederson said Matthews would not practice Wednesday but would be "good to go" for Sunday.
Brooks spent Monday at a local hospital. He has been released and will return to practice this week. Pederson said "everything checked out fine with him."
Vaitai unlikely to play
It does not appear that right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai will be able to return against the Bengals. Vaitai missed the game against the Packers with a sprained knee ligament, and although he's improving and feeling better, Pederson did not improve the prognosis for his return.
"It's still kind of a week-to-week injury," Pederson said. "It's pretty substantial. So these things with these big guys like this will be a ways away. Again, we'll evaluate later in the week, but don't expect it [for Sunday]."
Running back Ryan Mathews also missed Monday's game with a sprained knee ligament. He is considered day-to-day and will be evaluated this week.
Will Agholor return?
Embattled wide receiver Nelson Agholor was inactive against the Packers, and Pederson was not ready to commit to his being in the lineup against Cincinnati. He wants to see Agholor's state of mind later this week.
Pederson said he wanted Agholor to see how the offense works from the sideline and how the second-year receiver can react in certain situations.
"It's a lot easier to do that from a removed position where you can see it from a big picture and [with] a little bit calmer eyes, where the pressure and stress is not on you to perform," Pederson said. "That's what I'm hoping he takes away from this and learns from this down the road."