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Injury updates on Jernigan, Sproles and Peters

Eliot Shorr-Parks
October 17, 2018 - 11:02 am

The injury news on Wednesday was a mixed bag for Eagles fans. 

It did, however, provide one very positive piece of news -- it seems like defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will be playing this season. 

Head coach Doug Pederson did not outright say that Jernigan will be back this season, but for the first time since the defensive tackle suffered a back injury this past offseason, Pederson spoke as if Jernigan playing this season was the expectation. 

"Tim just keeps progressing. We are hopeful and optimistic, but at the same time, we want to make sure he is healthy," Pederson said. "His whole demeanor is for us to put him back out on the field. His safety is first."

Jernigan is still on the PUP list, but is eligible to come off this week, so he could be added back onto the roster at any point. The defensive tackle has every incentive to play this season, as the Eagles could decide to cut him this offseason to free up as much as $11 million this offseason by releasing him. 

The good news around Jernigan couldn't come at a better time, as the Eagles are down to just three defensive tackles on the active roster. One of them, Haloti Ngata, has missed the last two games due to injury. 

So although Jernigan won't be able to contribute this weekend vs. the Carolina Panthers, the days of thinking he won't play at all this season might be officially in the rearview mirror. It might now be a matter of when, not if, Jernigan returns. 

In other injury news...

Jason Peters: It appears as if left tackle Jason Peters will be on the field this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers despite suffering a torn bicep this past Thursday. Pederson said that the team, despite Peters' struggles so far this season, continue to have a ton of confidence in their starting left tackle. 

Darren Sproles: The news on Sproles is not good. Pederson said that Sproles is still day-to-day with a lower-body injury, but it doesn't sound like the head coach is very optimistic about Sproles' chances of returning this Sunday against the Panthers. At this point it would be surprising if Sproles played before the Bye Week, which is Week 9. 

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