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3 and Out: Keys to getting a win vs. the Bears
Although he suffered a concussion against the Vikings, Brandon Boykin expects to be ready to play this Sunday vs. the Bears. (USA Today Images)
Despite all the concern, the Eagles’ starting secondary will probably be at full strength Sunday for the team’s home game against the Bears.
Second-year slot corner Brandon Boykin, who usually plays as many snaps as the outside starting corners, said Wednesday in his weekly interview with 94.1 WIP that he expects to play against Chicago. The game is slated to kick off at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
Boykin suffered a concussion against the Vikings on Sunday and hasn’t practiced yet this week, although he has watched practice in the bubble even with the loud music blaring. He is still going through the league’s concussion recovery program.
But during the interview, Boykin told radio host Rob Ellis that only a setback would keep him from playing, according to Ellis’ Twitter timeline:
Before he can practice, Boykin must be examined and cleared by a league-appointed independent neurologist. Chip Kelly on Wednesday said Boykin had not yet received clearance.
On Tuesday, safety Earl Wolff also said he expected to play barring any setbacks. Wolff has missed the past four games with a knee injury.
If Wolff and Boykin both play, the Eagles will have their starting secondary ready to go against the Bears, who have the NFL’s fifth-ranked passing offense and two receivers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, who rank among the top 10 in receiving yards.
The Bears are the NFC’s only team with two top-10 wideouts and one just two NFL teams, with Denver being the other.