Darby Practices, Jernigan Still Out
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (973espn.com) - Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan was unable to practice again Thursday with an illness but cornerback Ronald Darby was a full participant despite missing media availability earlier in the day.
Darby, though, was listed on the injury report with an illness, something that will likely save him a $20,000 fine.
The flu has been running through the Eagles' locker room since last week with Jernigan, Darby, Mychal Kendricks, Kenyon Barner and coach Doug Pederson among those who have struggled with a bug going around.
Running back Jay Ajayi (ankle), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) all practiced fully again despite dealing with various ailments.
The second practice of Super Bowl week for the Birds was more of “a situational day,” according to pool reporter Kimberly Martin. The focus was on short-yardage, goal-line and third-down drills over a one hour and 45-minute session.
Ajayi was purposely limited in some team drills to give his troublesome knee and cranky ankle a little rest but Pederson assured: "he’ll be fine for the game.”
The current plan for Jernigan is to keep him as hydrated as possible and the Eagles expect him to play even if he missed the entire week of practice.
“Because of the position and he’s one of our veteran guys, I do feel comfortable that he’ll be ready,” Pederson said.
Defensive end Vinny Curry was also briefly looked at by the trainers toward the end of practice after he got several fingers on his left hand caught in another player’s face mask.
“He’s fine. He shook it off. He’s good,” Pederson insisted.
Visitors at practice included NBC’s Super Bowl LII broadcast crew of Michelle Tafoya, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as well as Pederson’s former head coach in Green Bay, Mike Holmgren.
Holmgren won Super Bowl XXXI with Brett Favre as his starting quarterback and Pederson as his backup with the Packers.
“I talked to him yesterday and I saw him at practice today. My old coach,” Pederson said. “It’s fun to have him out there.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen