Eagle Eye: Have the Eagles turned into a winner?
Mychal Kendricks (left) and Bradley Fletcher (right) both expect to play vs. Arizona in two weeks. (USA Today Images)
Two of three Eagles starters on defense who missed Sunday’s win over the Redskins expect to play the first game after the bye week.
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and left cornerback Bradley Fletcher each practiced Tuesday as coach Chip Kelly ran the team through one last session before giving his players off for the rest of the bye week, and each said they’d be ready to play in next Sunday’s game against Arizona at the Linc.
Kendricks missed most of the past two games with a knee injury, and Fletcher missed consecutive starts with a pectoral injury.
“The D’s been playing great,” Fletcher said, “and we’re just trying to add it.”
Rookie safety Earl Wolff, who missed the Redskins game with a knee injury and is expected to be sidelined a few weeks, didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice. Neither did safety Colt Anderson, a special teams standout who injured his ankle against the Redskins.
The Eagles aren’t required to be back at the NovaCare Complex until next Tuesday.
Fletcher said he’s fully recovered from the pectoral injury he sustained against the Raiders, the first win of the team’s three-game winning streak. If the Eagles had a game this Sunday, Fletcher said he’d be ready.
Fletcher said the coaches only kept him out of the Redskins game to give him an extra week to heal up. Roc Carmichael started and infamously allowed the 41-yard touchdown catch by Aldrick Robinson in the fourth quarter that turned an easy win into a one-possession game.
“For tackling purposes, they didn’t want to re-aggravate something when we had the bye coming up,” Fletcher said. “So we were just [playing] it safe. But, yeah, I’m feeling good now and I’ll be ready by the time we come back.”
Kendricks, who suffered a knee injury in the first quarter against the Packers, practiced for the first time since that game.
Asked if he’s 100 percent right now and could have played this Sunday, Kendricks was less forthcoming.
“I’ll be ready for the (Cardinals) game,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”