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The Eagles are on track for a major Week 17 matchup
Mychal Kendricks (left) is expected to return for the Eagles this Sunday against the Cardinals. (AP, USA Today Images)
As they prepare for their first stretch run under head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles are almost at full-strength.
The Eagles reconvened Tuesday following a week off, and rookie safety Earl Wolff was the only player on the active roster that wasn’t participating in practice.
Kelly said he doesn’t expect to have Wolff for the Eagles’ game Sunday against the Cards at the Linc, but everybody else should be available.
Starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who missed the Redskins game after hurting his knee in the Green Bay game, was among the players who returned to practice Tuesday, when the Eagles practiced in their indoor bubble.
Michael Vick was also expected to practice without limitations for the first time since he initially hurt his hamstring against the Giants back on Oct. 6. Kelly named Nick Foles the starter on Tuesday and Vick the backup (see story).
Wolff, who had won the starting free safety job over Patrick Chung, hurt his knee in the Eagles’ win over the Packers in Green Bay on Nov. 10 and didn’t play against the Redskins. He had started six of the previous seven games.
Kelly said he doesn’t have a timetable on Wolff’s return.
“I just know he’s not going today, and I don’t anticipate him going this week,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how long the timetable is.”
Everybody else who was banged up when the Eagles faced the Redskins was expected to practice Tuesday.
That group includes Kendricks and Vick in addition to special teamer Jake Knott (hamstring), cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), offensive tackle Jason Peters (quad, pectoral), tight end Brent Celek (hip), Chung (shoulder), Riley Cooper (knee) and Cedric Thornton (knee).
“There’s a lot of guys that were nicked up, banged up, that are 100 percent cleared for practice,” Kelly said. “So we’ll get a chance to see them go out there and run around. ... It’s a good situation to get some of those guys back who were nicked up.”
The Eagles have been very healthy this year. The only long-term injuries they’ve suffered have been Jeremy Maclin’s season-ending ACL early in training camp, Vick’s hamstring and Chung’s shoulder, which kept him out of four games.
“You’ve got to have all hands on deck, and it is a good situation," Kelly said. "You wish you had Earl with it, but besides that, the guys have done a really good job of taking care of themselves and putting themselves in position so that when we get back out there today everybody [other than Wolff] will go.”