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Eagle Eye: Stopping Peyton Manning
If Patrick Chung can't play Sunday, rookie Earl Wolff will have to start in his place. (AP)
Last Friday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said safety Patrick Chung would be recovered from a shoulder injury in time to practice this week.
On Tuesday, when the Eagles reconvened at the NovaCare Complex after four-day break, Chung still wasn’t able to practice.
Kelly, in his Tuesday press conference, said all Eagles except for the team’s starting free safety would practice. Chung was no longer wearing the sling that had his shoulder wrapped and held in place on Friday, but Kelly isn’t sure when Chung will be able to return.
“I’m a day-to-day guy,” Kelly said, “so I know he’s not practicing [Tuesday]. If he practices [Wednesday], I’ll make sure I tell you before we start.”
The Eagles are gearing up to face the NFL’s top-ranked offense on Sunday in Denver against the Broncos.
Mike Vick, who got knocked around often in Thursday’s 26-16 loss to Kansas City at the Linc, practiced. So did running back LeSean McCoy, who left late in the first half to get his lower right leg X-rayed but returned early in the third quarter.
“Vick and McCoy are fine,” Kelly said. “They’re 100 percent.”
Chung, a fifth-year pro, didn’t play especially well in Thursday’s 26-16 loss to Kansas City at the Linc, but he’s the only safety who’s starting job isn’t in jeopardy. Nate Allen has started each of the first three games, but his time is shared with Earl Wolff, the fifth-round rookie from N.C. State.
If Chung can’t play Sunday against the Broncos, Wolff would make his first start -- against Peyton Manning, who has already thrown 12 touchdowns in the season’s first three weeks, an NFL record. Ten of those 12 have come in the Broncos’ home stadium, Sports Authority Field.