Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham suffered a bruised abdominal muscle in the 32-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday but is expected to play in the Eagles' next game against the Washington Redskins.
"It's going to be pretty sore for him," coach Doug Pederson said. "We'll hold him out of practice actually on Wednesday this week, but right now he should be OK for the game."
The offense will also get a boost from the return of wide receiver Jordan Matthews and running back Ryan Mathews. Both players will practice this week. Matthews missed Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, and Mathews has been absent for two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee.
The Eagles are still waiting on the recovery of right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who is still not able to return to practice. Vaitai's rehab program for his sprained MCL will accelerate this week.
One week after his benching, Nelson Agholor played every offensive snap on Sunday. Pederson said Agholor would have been active even if Matthews was healthy. Agholor matched a season high with four catches for 23 yards on Sunday.
Green-Beckham played 62 percent of the snaps before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter. Paul Turner took 51 percent of the offensive snaps, and Bryce Treggs played only two snaps.
The Eagles will likely bench one of their receivers if Matthews and Green-Beckham play against Washington because Pederson dresses only four wideouts.
To blitz or not?
Another week without a sack did not quiet the question of whether the Eagles should blitz more. They rely on a four-man pass rush, and Pederson said he hired defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for that reason.
"The reason I brought Jim Schwartz here is because he has the ability, and he's done it with different teams, to put pressure with four," Pederson said. "I don't want to say it's a panic move, but if you start trying to re-scheme things and do things a little bit out of the norm of what you sort of have your game plans and your philosophy based around, you're going to give up something to get something. So if you're going to put pressure on the quarterback with five or six guys, then you're asking your back end to hold up."
Pederson said the Eagles had 19 pressures on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. That is not an official stat, and the box score indicated they had no sacks and only one quarterback hit.