Jason Peters, who missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles, is now nursing a hamstring injury. (AP)
LeSean McCoy and Cary Williams will make their preseason debuts on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.
The status of Jason Peters is less certain.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Peters, the all-pro left tackle who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since July 31, probably won’t play against Carolina. Peters took part in some portions of Tuesday’s walkthrough but didn’t line with the first team in any drills that involved the first offense pitted against the defense. Allen Barbre will probably make another start in Peters’ place.
“I know he’s very close [to practicing],” Kelly said. “He’s been running around doing a lot of things. Going through [Tuesday], I would say probably not [against the Panthers], but we’ll see how he is.”
The Eagles weren’t in pads and practiced at half-speed, which is typical of a walkthrough practice. They will ramp up practice tempo slightly Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s game.
Kelly said starters would ideally play about one half, with quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mike Vick taking turns for most of the first half, and maybe more depending on the number of snaps each get. On defense, Kelly said many of the backups, on the line and in the secondary, would get chances to play in the first half.
“We’re trying to get our 1s more work through the first quarter and second quarter now,” he said. “We’ll see how that plays itself out. Does that mean it’s gonna be by series or whatever? It depends on how many snaps and how long the series are.
“It’s more by the number of snaps, but in an ideal world you’d like to get them in the first or second quarter and not see those guys at all on the second half.”
Lane Johnson returns
First-round pick Lane Johnson, whom Kelly called the most consistent lineman in the preseason opener, rejoined the team after missing two practices to be with his wife, who gave birth.
Johnson, the fourth-overall pick, lined up at right tackle, where he’s expected to start the season.
Danny Watkins, who was diagnosed with a concussion Monday, said he felt better but was among three Eagles who didn’t take part in any of the walkthrough. The other two were Jon Dorenbos (concussion) and Dennis Kelly (back).
Watkins, who must pass through the concussion protocol, is unlikely to play against the Panthers. He said he felt bad headaches Monday, made worse by loud sounds.
It was just a walkthrough, but this must have been Kurt Coleman’s and Nate Allen’s day in the rampant safety rotation. One day after rookie Earl Wolff took most of the first-team reps alongside Patrick Chung, Coleman and Allen -- the starters from last year -- logged most of the first-defense reps.