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Should the Eagles slow down their tempo against the Broncos?
Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali beat Jason Peters, who has a dislocated finger, several times in Week 3, once for a sack. (USA Today Images)
The dislocated finger that caused problems for Jason Peters against Kansas City will be a year-long issue for the Pro Bowl left tackle.
But coach Chip Kelly can’t lose sleep over an injury he can’t remedy.
“Are we going to bench Jason Peters? No,” Kelly said before Thursday’s practice. “So, it's not that much of a concern. Still going to play with Jay. Still think he's one of the best tackles in this game.
“He's not exactly where he could be because he has a limitation with the hand. Not to a point where we're going to sit Jason down and put someone else in.”
Kelly said any player with an injury can’t be as effective as he normally is, which showed against Kansas City. Peters, who said his taped-up fingers prevented him getting his hands on the shoulders of an edge rusher, allowed a sack to Tamba Hali and gave up a few more outside pressures.
Peters on Wednesday said he’s working through it and didn’t seem overly concerned.
At safety, Patrick Chung remained out of practice again as he recovers from a shoulder injury he suffered against the Chiefs. The veteran free safety hasn’t practiced this week. If Chung can’t start Sunday against Denver, he’ll be replaced by rookie Earl Wolff, Kelly said.
Asked if there’s a set number of days that someone needs to practice in order to dress on game day, Kelly said it’s “on an individual basis.”
“What's the injury, where they are, how much of a game plan they can digest?” Kelly said.
Kelly said Wolff, a fifth-round pick from N.C. State, has made steady improvement throughout the first month of the season.
“Yeah, I think he’s growing,” Kelly said. “Came in here as a rookie and is starting to play a little bit more as he got through the Chargers game, the Redskins game, and then the Chiefs game. There's an improvement as we've gone along. There's still a lot of work to be done, but we're happy with what direction he's heading in.”