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Eagle Eye: Eagles depth being tested
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who missed Sunday's game, was back at practice Tuesday. (AP)
Starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher was back at practice Tuesday, two days after he missed the Eagles’ game against the Packers at Lambeau Field with a pectoral injury suffered a week earlier during the win over the Raiders.
Fletcher had his helmet and appeared to be preparing to participate in at least part of practice during the short period that the indoor workout in the team’s bubble was open to the media.
Left tackle Jason Peters, free safety Earl Wolff and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were all at practice but in sweats and without helmets and did not appear to be preparing to work.
Michael Vick, who hasn’t gotten through a game healthy since Oct. 6, appeared set to participate in practice to some extent. He was wearing his helmet and throwing with the receivers during the opening warm-up period, like he has done most of the time during his extended layoff.
Of the Eagles’ injured players, only Wolff has essentially been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins at the Linc. General manager Howie Roseman said Monday that Wolff is a “multi-week injury” (see story).
Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said before practice Tuesday that Kendricks is “day-to-day.”
The Eagles are not required to release an official injury report until Wednesday, the traditional start of the NFL work week.
The Eagles beat the Packers on Sunday with Roc Carmichael making his first NFL start in place of Fletcher, with Najee Goode getting his first extended NFL action in place of Kendricks, with journeyman Allen Barbre playing in place of Peters and with Patrick Chung filling in for Wolff.
Chung was coming off a shoulder injury of his own, but Davis said he now appears 100 percent and should be able to play without restrictions on Sunday.
Head coach Chip Kelly said one of the keys to beating the Packers was the performance of the reserves who were forced into extended playing time.
“It's a credit to those guys,” he said. “Najee and Roc weren't here in the offseason. They weren't here in camp. We acquired them in September. To kind of see those guys get put in the situation that they did, and to respond, I thought Roc did an outstanding job playing out there. Najee played really, really well.
“But to see those guys, I think it speaks to the depth a little bit. Obviously, we were tested. But I thought Allen played really, really well when he was in there.
“So to have all those guys be able to contribute and step up is kind of what this league's all about, because everybody's facing injuries at this point in time during the season. You're 10 weeks in. Really, your depth is going to be tested.
“But when we had an opportunity to get those guys in the game, I thought they responded really well. Hopefully we'll be getting the other guys back and it will just add to kind of the overall team itself.”