Eagles Are Healthy for Final Stretch of the Season
The home stretch of a season is here and the Eagles are still very much in play for the NFC East division crown, in fact they control their own destiny.
For the first time in two years, the Eagles will conclude their regular season by playing two meaningful football games. However, with a Dallas loss on Sunday afternoon against Washington, Philadelphia would need just to win just once in the next two weeks, defeating either Chicago this Sunday night or Dallas next weekend to clinch not only the NFC East, but the third seed in the NFC playoffs.
"Whatever happens in that game (Dallas) doesn't affect us," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly explained. "We still have to go out and play the Chicago Bears. I don't think we're going to have a victory party and say oh, we have to get to the stadium and play right now. We have to play."
The Eagles continue to be a remarkably healthy bunch as safety Earl Wolff expected to return and start in week 16, cornerback Brandon Boykin, who sustained a head injury in the Minnesota game and saftied Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson both suffered injuries in the loss on Sunday. They were the only injury concerns entering week 16 and both players are expected to be fine and play in Sunday.
"Yeah, trying to find out what our health is an important thing," Kelly stated. "What Earl's [Wolff] status is. Will he be back? [Kurt] Coleman was hurt at the end of the game. Colt [Anderson] was banged up a little bit, so that's a big concern for us."
Kelly mentioned Monday that if Boykin was unable to go that he wouldn't discuss it until after he spoke to the trainer after practice. He should be healthy enough to play this week, but the coach won't know his status until later this week.
"I talked to Brandon, he seemed like he was doing okay. So I'll get the report from those guys after this."
Then there's the obligatory question about who will play if Boykin can't go.
"I won't discuss any of those," Kelly said about hypothetical situations. "You can ask me tomorrow if he can't go."