Special teamers had some fun during the bye week
Mychal Kendricks injured his knee in the first quarter of the Eagles' win over the Green Bay Packers. (USA Today Images)
Green Bay wasn’t very hospitable. The Eagles beat the Packers on their field earlier this month, but the victory wasn’t without its price. The Birds suffered several injuries that day. Mychal Kendricks was among them.
The Eagles’ linebacker was one of the first (and many) players to drop that afternoon. He didn’t make it through the first quarter before hurting his knee.
“It felt painful,” Kendricks said. “It hurt to run. It hurt to stop and plant.”
After sitting out the second Washington game and continuing his convalescence during the bye week, Kendricks returned to the practice field on Tuesday when the Eagles resumed their schedule in advance of facing Arizona at home this weekend (see injury update). The linebacker was a full participant and is expected to start against the Cardinals.
“Getting some time off to heal and let your body recuperate is always a good thing,” Kendricks said in front of his locker at the NovaCare Complex. “I used it to my full advantage and got healthy.
“It felt good to be out there. Everyone is coming off of the bye week, so we had a little energy going. I’m just happy to be back.”
Despite missing a game, Kendricks is second on the team in total tackles with 68. He’s also second in solo tackles with 54. With Kendricks out, Najee Goode saw significantly more work. Goode had five tackles and a sack against Washington. He also deflected a pass in coverage.
“[Kendricks is] back. Bradley Fletcher is back. There’s a lot of guys that were nicked up, banged up, that they’re 100 percent healthy or 100 percent cleared for practice,” Chip Kelly said. “We’ll have a chance to see him get out there and run around, but obviously it just adds to your depth. Najee did a good job of filling in, but Mychal was really coming on before he got hurt. It’s a good situation to be in, getting him back and Fletcher back and those other guys who were nicked up.”
Kendricks, who has played well against the run, has been one of the team’s better pass-covering linebackers this year. He had his lone interception of the season during a critical fourth-quarter situation against the Giants at MetLife Stadium -- the first of three picks the Birds had late in the game to cement their victory that day.
“He’s that extra cover guy,” Nate Allen said about Kendricks. “He covers well for a linebacker. It’s good having him back.”