Eagles Injury Report: Zach Ertz, Marcus Smith Again Limited
The biggest injury-related question mark for the Philadelphia Eagles heading into Monday's regular-season opener are with tight end Zach Ertz and outside linebacker Marcus Smith, both were again listed as a limited participants in practice on Thursday.
"Zach did a good job," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. "Now, he was limited in practice. Just he and Marcus [LB Marcus Smith] were limited in practice. We know we are getting them back, but we are not going to throw them in full or put them in the deep end of the pool and tell them to swim. So he was limited in his reps. He said he didn’t feel any real residual from yesterday, but we still have two more days of training, so we’ll see how it plays itself out. But in the limited reps yesterday, he said he felt good. Marcus is the same thing. Both of those guys were limited, so they went through individuals with their coaches and then it was really spot when we got to team and seven-on-seven with those guys."
Coach Chip Kelly has said that Ertz's workload will increase the rest of the week as he hopes to be on track to return by Week 1 from the groin he sustained during training camp about a month ago. But Ertz's limited participation in practice the last two days means that's not certain at this point.
As for Smith, who has been sidelined with hamstring injury, Kelly has same virtually the same thing, as both were limited participants in practice the past two days.
"Both of those guys were limited," Kelly stated. "So they went through individuals with their coaches and then it was really spot when we got to team and seven-on-seven with those guys."
Other than those two injuries, the Eagles are relatively healthy heading into their opener with only two injuries of note.
Eagles practice report – Thursday, September 10, 2015
TE Zach Ertz (groin) … limited
LB Marcus Smith (groin) … limited
(Listen to PhillyMag.com Eagles beat writer Josh Paunil of Birds 24/7 discuss Thursday's practice)