Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:33pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:31pm
LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)
DT Josh Chapman (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder)
For the Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne appear as probable ( both not injury related) and practiced fully on Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw is expected to split carries with Trent Richardson and Wayne has a great matchup against the Eagles secondary.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Polk was on the roster bubble but made the team. Darren Sproles is technically the RB2 behind LeSean McCoy, but Polk could settle into a large role if McCoy were sidelined for any length of time.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Polk was on the roster bubble but made the team. Darren Sproles is technically the RB2 behind LeSean McCoy, but Polk could settle into a large role if McCoy were sidelined for any length of time.
That runs counter to the popular narrative that emerged when the Eagles acquired the shifty running back from the Saints for a fifth-round pick during the offseason. In his eight-year career, Sproles has been mostly known as a receiving threat out of the backfield. During five years in San Diego and three more in New Orleans, Sproles never carried the ball more than 93 times in a single season. His highest rushing total was 603 yards with the Saints in 2011.
In fairness, he was mostly a backup with the Chargers, and he was employed primarily as a pass catcher with the Saints. Since 2009, Sproles has had at least 45 receptions each year. His receiving numbers spiked with New Orleans, where he hauled in 188 passes over the last three years.
While the Eagles expect him to be a good receiver in the offense, Chip Kelly insisted that Sproles is a running back first and capable of carrying the ball when needed. Pat Shurmur echoed that sentiment this week before practice at the NovaCareComplex
“We’ve said it all along. Darren can play running back on first, second and third down,” the offensive coordinator said. “We always try to use our players in a way where we maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses, no matter what the situation.”
If there’s a concern about Sproles carrying the ball, it’s what kind of impact the increased workload might have on his body, the story said. He’s been a pretty durable player in his career, missing a total of just six games in eight years. This very well may have everything to do with Chris Polk struggling to get on the field and still not being 100-percent. It would make much more sense to keep Sproles in his receiving role and use another back like Polk - ideally - on early downs should McCoy ever miss time.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:05pm
Both could both land on the practice squad if they don’t last past final cuts, but there could be other teams willing to snatch them for their 53-man rosters. Josey has rushed 12 times for 104 yards in the preseason. He had a 70-yard, one-shoe TD jaunt brought back by a penalty. He’s swift and can also catch the ball out of the backfield (three catches for 39 yards and a TD). Both Tucker and Josey have looked willing and capable as blockers.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:52am
Coming out of last season, RB Chris Polk seemed to be a lock to make the Eagles' team this year. The third-year running back averaged 9.8 yards per carry last season, and had three touchdowns despite carrying the ball just 11 times.
Then, less than a week into training camp, Polk pulled his hamstring -- and now it sounds like Eagles' coaches hardly know their could-soon-be-former backup.
"Well, we do know him, but we sure would like to know him better," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said on Monday. "I think he's probably had one of the most lingering of injuries. So, yeah, it's important for him to get out and play."
The story added that Polk has been unable to play for the majority of the last three weeks, but returned to practice this past Sunday despite not feeling 100-percent. Polk has been on the field the past two days, which is a good sign of how his injured hamstring is holding up. However, it also means he could re-aggravate at just about any time.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 11:09am
With Josh Huff, Barner’s former college teammate, also banged up, there’s a chance Barner could work into the mix in the return game as well.
Barner returned punts and kicks in college but hasn’t done it regularly since his freshman year in Eugene. He did have a 22-yard kick return against the Steelers and a fair catch on a punt.
Polk's status is very much in question at this point. He looked to be a sure handcuff to McCoy and the team's RB3, but that continues to be up in the air heading into preseason Week 4.
Eagles RB Chris Polk is being pulled in two different directions as his third season in the NFL sits just two weeks away. On the one hand, Polk wants to be healthy for the start of the regular season – a season in which, at least a month ago, the expectation was that he would be the Eagles’ No. 3 running back. On the other hand, after missing about a month with a hamstring injury, Polk now needs to prove that he can be counted on when the season does begin.
“I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” Polk said Saturday after returning to practice for the first time since suffering the injury. “You know, I can’t control (injuries), so I’m very optimistic. It could be a blessing in disguise. Maybe (the injury) gave me time to work on my shoulder and gave me time to work on other areas, whether it’s studying, getting stronger, faster, whatever. I’m definitely just taking positives out of everything. It just really slowed down and really put everything in perspective for me. Even though I’m not playing, I still watch every carry that every single running back we had (took during the preseason), and I try to envision myself what I would have done, so I wouldn’t fall behind. I’m here now.”
But after hearing head coach Chip Kelly say that the team is still trying to “find out who the third running back is going to be” following the Eagles’ third preseason game, Polk knows he has to do something.
Eagles RB Matthew Tucker was impressive against the first team Steelers D, scoring two TDs and bringing his total on the preseason to four, best in the NFL. Meanwhile, Henry Josey broke off a long run that was called back on a bogus penalty, and Kenjon Barner showed some promise after quickly assimilating into the Eagles offense. If the Eagles are worried that Chris Polk will always be an injury risk, it appears they may have other options.
Against Pittsburgh, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy scored the game's first touchdown in the first quarter, but exited the game to have X-rays performed on his right thumb. They were negative. McCoy returned to the sideline, but his night was complete.
Eagles RB Chris Polk hasn’t practiced in more than three weeks. He missed the first two preseason games and won’t play Thursday night in the third. He’s still not fully recovered from his hamstring injury.
It wasn’t a routine pull. He said he suffered a Grade 2 partial tear, the kind that keep guys -- running backs, especially -- sidelined for long periods of time. Polk hasn’t since been able to practice in any capacity. Last Thursday, hours before kickoff in New England, he jogged around the field in sweats and caught some balls to test his progress. He felt good, but not great.
He’s still not fully recovered and probably won’t be in the next few days, but Polk insisted that he’ll practice next week, whatever it takes. It’s risky, but he knows the NFL motto. Guys don’t make the club from the tub.
A Grade 2 tear typically takes four to six weeks, so Polk may return in one to three weeks depending on how quickly his muscle is healing. We believe that he would be the primary ballcarrier if LeSean McCoy were to miss time, but he has to get healthy and make the team first.
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