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Patrick Chung hasn't started and finished a game for the Eagles since Week 2 vs. San Diego. (AP)
Updated: 3:20 p.m.
Head coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles hope to have safety Patrick Chung back for their game in Oakland on Sunday against the Raiders.
Chung, one of the Eagles’ prominent offseason free agency signings, hasn’t played a full game since Week 2 against the Chargers. He hurt his shoulder the next week against the Chiefs and hasn’t made it through a game since. He tried to play against the Buccaneers but had to leave the game in the first half.
Chung was a full participant in practice for the third straight day, but he was also a full participant last week and was unable to play against the Giants.
Kelly said it’s just a matter of when Chung is comfortable being able to handle contact with his shoulder.
“It’s his feel for what he can do,” Kelly said before practice Thursday. “He can run around full speed, it’s can he take a hit, and we’re not hitting full-speed.
“He was a little bit more aggressive yesterday in pads because he’s got to test himself a little bit. He’s doing some work on the sled to see how he responds to that and we’ll see.”
The Eagles signed Chung in March to a three-year, $10 million contract, including $4 million guaranteed.
Rookie fifth-round pick Earl Wolff has started in place of Chung in four of the last five games.
“I think it’s frustrating for Pat,” Kelly said. “If you saw Pat last week in practice, he played look-squad receiver and he played look-squad DB and took every single rep and we couldn’t get him out and he’s running around full speed. It’s just can he take a hit, and he’s still trying to gauge that a little bit.
“He was pretty physical [Wednesday] in practice and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds [on Thursday], but we’re hopeful that we can get Pat back this week.”
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who appeared on the injury report Wednesday as limited with an ankle injury, again practiced on a limited basis.
“He hurt his ankle, but he should be fine,” Kelly said. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”
Meanwhile, returner Damaris Johnson was a full participant Thursday after missing Tuesday and Wednesday with an ankle injury.
“I don’t know exactly what extent he is,” Kelly said before practice. “Today’s a big day to kind of see what he can do and what he can’t do, but he’s going to give it a shot today and run around a little bit today. He did not do anything on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Although cornerback Brandon Boykin is the next guy on the depth chart at kick returner, Kelly wouldn’t commit to using him if Johnson can’t play. Jackson and Johnson both return punts, although Johnson is usually out there.
“I don’t know until we get everybody out there practicing,” he said.
Elsewhere, defensive lineman Cedric Thornton, punter Donnie Jones (foot) and linebacker Casey Matthews (hip) again practiced on a limited basis, as did quarterback Michael Vick, who already has been ruled out for Sunday.
Running back Chris Polk (shoulder), who didn't practice Wednesday, was a full participant, as was offensive tackle Jason Peters (shoulder, finger), who was limited on Wednesday.