Eagles CB Slay limited at practice; T Johnson sits again
The injury-riddled Philadelphia Eagles received some good news Thursday, as three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay returned to practice amid his recovery from a concussion suffered Sunday.
Slay was sidelined during the Eagles’ 38-29 road loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers as he was able to walk off the field on his own power late in the defeat.
After sitting out practice until Wednesday, Slay was listed as a limited participant a day later with the team already missing opposite cornerback starter Avonte Maddox (ankle), who practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday and Thursday.
Fellow three-time Pro Bowl player Lane Johnson has not practiced all week after missing Thursday’s session as he continues to evaluate second-opinion options for the tackle’s surgically repaired ankle. The injury has given him discomfort all season and forced him to sit out the season-opening loss at Washington.
Johnson was carted off the field during the Steelers loss Sunday and played 39 offensive snaps, a recurring issue for an offensive line that has seen only one starter (center Jason Kelce) avoid prominent injury this season.
Guard/tackle Matt Pryor also was absent from the field with what the team termed an illness.
The Eagles’ other problem position health-wise this season has been wide receiver, but the team could get either Alshon Jeffery (foot) or DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back in the lineup as soon as this week. Both were limited in practice activity again Thursday. Jeffery has not played since Week 14 last December because of a Lisfranc injury, while Jackson’s nagging hamstring problems have caused him to miss 15 of the team’s 21 games since the start of last season.
Also limited on Thursday was reserve tight end Richard Rodgers (neck), while starting linebacker Duke Riley and safety Marcus Epps both sat out workouts while nursing rib injuries.
–Field Level Media