"No, Josh is not playing this Thursday night. No,'' Jackson said. "That's for sure."
Gordon returned from his treatment program at the University of Florida, but hasn't yet been cleared to practice. His return to the field will be a collaborative decision on the part of his medical team, the NFL, the Browns and Gordon. He's currently on the active/non-football injury list, which permits him to attend meetings and conditioning sessions, but not practice.
Monday, Wentz spoke to the media for the first time since his return.
"Really same as last week, it’s gonna be close. Nothing’s really changed from last week other than the 11 on 11 practice. The final hurdle, which won’t be my decision, will be being cleared for contact," Wentz said.
Wentz said he won't play in Week 3 of the preseason and didn't commit to Week 4, which also seems unlikely. It does seem the team is pretty happy with what they have seen from Wentz so far in camp. The writer did say Wentz looks to be on track for Week 1, but he wouldn't be shocked if he's delayed until Week 2.
Though Carson Wentz has not yet been cleared for full contact, he'll "jump back into some team drills" Sunday, according to HC Doug Pederson. In doing so, he'll split first-team reps with Nick Foles, who will practice despite suffering a shoulder strain Thursday. Wentz recently acknowledged that his Week 1 availability will be a close call, but the franchise signal-caller continues to progress well and his status for the Eagles' opener ultimately figures to be determined by the team's medical staff.
It's looking like both QBs will be good to go for Week 1 at this point, and if that's the case, Wentz will get the nod. Wentz isn't expected to play in the preseason. Foles' preseason shoulder injury obviously wasn't all that serious
This is a big blow to a Patriots offensive line that also lost Nate Solder in free agency. With Tom Brady entering his age 41 season, protecting him will be more important than ever. A slow start to 2018 is possible for New England's offense with so many moving pieces both up front and at the skill positions.
Jeff Howe reports that running back Rex Burkhead is dealing with a "slight tear" in his knee. The injury was described as minor and Howe stated Burkhead likely would have played in the team's second preseason game against the Eagles had it been a regular season game.
This is not a huge red flag right now, but serves as a reminder of Burkhead's knee issues from last season. With Sony Michel dealing with some knee issues of his own, we could see a higher early-season workload for James White. One of Mike Gillislee or Jeremy Hill could also be in the mix on early downs.
The coaching staff had backed off from Carson Wentz in full-team drills because they were happy with what they saw from him during those early 11-on-11s and wanted to minimize any extra risk that having him out there in those situations would create as he recovers from ACL and LCL surgery.
According to the plan — as secretive as the Eagles have kept it — Wentz expects to be back in 11-on-11s next week, an obvious good sign as he continues to keep his goal of being ready to play in Week 1.
HC Doug Pederson said that he would ideally get to see Wentz in 11-on-11s for a week before he plays in a game. This new revelation would give Wentz three weeks in full-team drills before the opener on Sept. 6. Wentz said today "it's going to be close" as far as him being ready to play in the opener.
HC Doug Pederson said Clement is day-to-day and downplayed the severity. Like he said about Nelson Agholor's lower body injury, Pederson said Clement needs some much-needed rest.
Eagles WR Agholor has missed the last five Eagles practices, plus the Week 1 preseason game against the Steelers, with an undisclosed "lower body injury." Neither Agholor or coach Doug Pederson would elaborate much, though it seems unlikely he plays on Thursday night against the Patriots.
The story said Agholor initially laughed when asked if he'd be ready for Week 1, but then pulled back and said it would be the coach's call. Pederson was quoted as saying "he needs some rest on it." Before the injury, the story said Agholor was the team's most consistent WR in camp.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about that report on Tuesday [that WR Alshon Jeffery could start the season on the PUP list]. Pederson didn’t say if that was a possibility, but did say that the team likes where Jeffery is at this point.
“You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that,” Pederson said, via Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice. “But I’m not sure where that came from.”
As we reported yesterday, Wallace and Agholor would see increased work should Jeffery start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks. However, in the story, Pederson seemed to downplay that as a possibility.
"I obviously would love to be out there. That has been my goal all offseason, ever since the injury. It is going to be close. It is going to be close," Wentz said. "I am still eyeing that date. But at the end of the day it is not just my decision. There is coaches and doctors that really have the final say, but I really like where I am at and time will tell."
Related players: Nick Foles
Wentz is encouraged about where he's at in his rehab. But as the story said, it's been a rollercoaster in terms of predicting if he'll play Week 1. Over the last two weeks, Wentz has been kept out of 11-on-11 drills. Obviously, Foles would start if Wentz can't go.
To start training camp, Donnel Pumphrey was flashing the elusiveness that caught the Eagles' eye in the first place. Then, when they took the field for the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pumphrey wasn't dressed. Earlier in the week, he suffered a "lower-body injury" and the timetable for his return is unclear.
It wasn't that long ago that Pumphrey seemed like a lock to make the team. He was even being told he'd see time out of the slot. But according to the story, Smallwood has excelled on special teams and Adams has been turning heads as an undrafted rookie.
Due to the timing of his shoulder surgery following Super Bowl LII, Alshon Jeffery is no lock to be ready for the NFL Kickoff Game versus the Falcons on Sept. 6, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
In fact, there's a chance that Jeffery will remain on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, Rapoport added. In which case, the seventh-year veteran would miss at least the first six weeks of 2018.
As the story nicely pointed out, should Jeffery miss the start of the season, the Eagles' wide-receiver depth will be tested beyond deep threat Wallace and slot weapon Agholor. QB Carson Wentz would likely lean heavily on his tight-end tandem of Zach Ertz and promising second-round rookie Dallas Goedert. Jeffery played through a shoulder injury all of last season after suffering it in camp in 2017.
Dallas Goedert walked along the sideline, heading for the locker room with an Eagles trainer alongside him on Saturday. On his way into the tunnel, he offered up a high five to a nearby fan, smiled and seemed to be in good spirits.
All good, right?
By sundown, Eagles fans on Twitter had taken to speculation — created in the social media verse — that the injury was far more severe than it seemed, that Goedert might've broken his arm.
(Spoiler alert: He didn't.)
Goedert joked he had the inside scoop and said people can think what they want about his injury. The story went on to say he'll be back in a day or two and it's just a minor bump on his elbow.
When the Eagles went into full-team drills in the red zone, Zach Ertz took over. He first caught a beautifully floated ball from Nick Foles with his left hand as he dove toward the ground. Malcolm Jenkins was so frustrated, he picked up the pylon and tossed it. (There probably would have been a sack on the play in a real game.)
Then, Ertz caught a ball in heavy traffic. No idea how it wasn’t picked or how Ertz kept his focus through the bodies. Then, with the twos, he caught another slant for a touchdown. Somehow, with his arms tied up, Ertz was able to use his fingertips to hold onto this one.
Three touchdowns in one red zone period. Ertz is a Pro Bowler and still getting better.
Related players: Dallas Goedert
Alshon Jeffery suffered a significant shoulder injury during training camp last year, but played through it anyway and never missed a game. He paid the price this offseason with surgery and hasn't practiced yet. It'll still be a bit before that happens.
HC Doug Pederson said Jeffery is "doing a great job with his rehab" and currently is in the "strength phase" of his recovery, focusing on lifting weights while continuing to work on conditioning and cardio, the story said.
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