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Eagles' defense is feeling more comfortable
Bradley Fletcher (left) didn't practice Wednesday, but Patrick Chung (right) participated in full. (AP)
The Eagles’ secondary is banged up and thin right now, but it could be at full strength by Sunday.
Left cornerback Bradley Fletcher didn’t practice Wednesday for the second straight day as he nursed a knee injury from the Dallas game but said afterward he felt much better than he did Tuesday. He expects to practice Thursday and be good for Sunday.
Safety Patrick Chung, who missed the Dallas game, practiced in full for the second straight day and said his shoulder is feeling the best it’s felt since he first injured it Sept. 19 against Kansas City.
Each player left the door open for playing Sunday against the Giants at the Linc, where the Eagles haven’t won since Sept. 30, 2012 (when they beat the Giants).
“I’m just making sure I’m all good,” Fletcher said. “Today is Wednesday, and by Sunday I’ll be ready to go for sure. Right now, I’m just doing what the trainer is saying. I’ll have myself together by the time Sunday rolls around.”
Fletcher, quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker Jake Knott were the only Eagles withheld from practice. Limited were Chung, Jason Peters (shoulder, finger), Donnie Jones (foot) and defensive tackle/end Cedric Thornton (knee). Thornton’s injury is the only one that was previously unknown.
Michael Vick (hamstring) practiced in full, along with running back Chris Polk (shoulder).
Fletcher’s absence at practice left the Eagles thin at corner. The team recently released Jordan Poyer and Shaun Prater and practiced the past two days with just four healthy corners: Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin, Roc Carmichael and practice-squad defensive back Marcus Burley.
Boykin would probably start outside if Fletcher can’t play against the Giants and move inside in nickel, with Carmichael playing outside.
Chung, who started against Tampa Bay but left the game after reinjuring his shoulder and missed the Dallas game, said he won’t really know if he’s back to full strength until his shoulder absorbs contact.
The Eagles practiced in pads Wednesday, but they don’t tackle to the ground at practice.
“I won’t know until I [get] hit,” he said. “But it feels good right now.”
Chung had also practiced for the week leading up to the Tampa game, but this week is a different feel.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I feel way better than that, man. It’s getting better for sure. I can’t give you a definite answer [on playing Sunday], but I can’t say yes or can’t say no.”