Eagles Injury Report: Nerve issue keeps Chung out

Eagles Injury Report: Nerve issue keeps Chung out
October 15, 2013, 3:30 pm
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If Patrick Chung (above) can't play Sunday, rookie Earl Wolff will make his third career start. (AP)

It could be a long road back to recovery for an Eagle not named Michael Vick.

Veteran safety Patrick Chung, who aggravated a shoulder injury against Tampa Bay on Sunday that had sidelined him for three games, is dealing with nerve issues that make Chung’s next return unpredictable.

Chung didn’t practice Tuesday when the Eagles reconvened at the NovaCare Complex to prepare for Sunday’s game against Dallas with sole possession of first place in the NFC East on the line.

Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Chung didn’t pass tests that would determine if the shoulder is strong enough for practice.

“He's doing OK,” Davis said. “You know, the shoulder, we tested it and it failed the test. There's a lot of pain involved, so right now he's getting a couple different things looked at, so we'll see.  As we go, we'll just go day-to-day with Patrick and see how it's coming along.”

Earl Wolff will start against the Cowboys if Chung can’t go. Wolff started the two games Chung missed and has fourth-quarter breakups in the end zone in each of the past two games.

Also out of practice Tuesday were Vick, who’s still dealing with his hamstring pull (see story), and left tackle Jason Peters, who injured his shoulder against Tampa but returned and played the rest of the game. The origin and severity of Peters’ injury is unknown.

Tight end James Casey, who missed the Bucs game with a groin injury, appeared to practice in some capacity. The team isn’t required to release an injury report until after Wednesday’s practice.

As for Chung, who broke up a pass in the end zone against Tampa in slot coverage on Vincent Jackson, Davis said the safety would undergo a second examination Tuesday for a reevaluation.

“It's a nerve thing, so you have to go day to day,” Davis said. “I've had a lot of linebackers I've coached in and out -- [the] shoulder is an issue with linebackers a lot of times and it's a wild card when you're dealing with the kind of injury he has.”

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