How can Eagles defeat Cowboys?
Jason Peters was a full participant Thursday, a day after missing Eagles practice. (USA Today Images)
Good news for the Eagles: Left tackle Jason Peters and tight end James Casey each were full participants at Thursday’s practice.
Barring any setbacks, each should be good to go Sunday against Dallas.
Bad news: Safety Patrick Chung, running back Chris Polk, quarterback Michael Vick and punter Donnie Jones were all limited.
Jones should be fine. He was limited last week with a left foot injury and still played against Tampa Bay. Polk (shoulder) and Chung (shoulder) are of more concern as the Eagles prepare for their NFC East showdown at the Linc, where they haven’t won in more than a year.
Vick has already said he won’t be playing, regardless of his practice status, so Nick Foles will get his second consecutive start (see story).
If the Eagles won’t have Polk, they might have to make a roster move to avoid playing against Dallas with just two running backs in LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. They could potentially use Casey, a fullback/tight end, to fill the void. They have Matthew Tucker on the practice squad, but they’d have to release someone from the 53-man roster to promote him.
“We're not at that stage right now,” coach Chip Kelly said before practice. “I think we'd have to kind of be comfortable with it. Again, we've got some guys that we've practiced that can play there if for some reason we went into the game with two. We have contingency plans on who can be three and who can be four.”