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Lunch Break: Keeping control of the NFC East
Earl Wolff hasn't practiced since hyperextending his knee against the Packers Nov. 10 (USA Today Images)
Earl Wolff did something Tuesday he hadn’t done for several weeks.
He wore a helmet at practice.
Wolff, who hasn’t practiced since hyperextending his knee against the Packers on Nov. 10, is inching closer to returning.
How close? It’s hard to say.
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said Tuesday the rookie safety is “day to day,” hardly an indication that Wolff will be able to play Sunday against the Vikings at the Metrodome.
It seems more likely that Wolff will return the following Sunday at the Linc against the Bears. Wolff has missed three games and Minnesota would be the fourth straight.
“We’re just kinda taking that as it comes,” Davis said, adding that Wolff would “try a little bit today” and see how the knee responds to the workload.
The Eagles aren’t required to release an injury report until Wednesday, so the media won’t know the full extent of Wolff’s participation in Tuesday’s practice.
But it’s obviously a good sign that Wolff is least participating in some portions of practice, which he hadn’t done in the past four weeks. Patrick Chung has taken Wolff’s spot since the injury and his play has ranged from poor to mediocre.
Wolff, a fifth-round pick from N.C. State who really impressed the coaches during the spring camps and training camp, had supplanted Chung in the starting lineup after Chung sustained a shoulder injury that sidelined him in four games and limited him in another.
The defense steadily improved when Wolff took over as starter. He has 50 total tackles in his 10 games and five passes defended and one interception.
With Wolff wearing his helmet, the Eagles had 52 of their 53 players practicing. The only Eagle not practicing was reserve linebacker Najee Goode, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him against the Lions.