Eagles Injury Notes: Sproles, Graham Still ‘day-to-day’
The Philadelphia Eagles are remain uncertain of the status of running back Darren Sproles and safety Corey Graham heading into their game this coming Sunday at the Carolina Panthers.
Sproles has been out since injuring his hamstring in the team's opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Graham hurt his hamstring in the teams loss to the Vikings two weeks ago, and missed last weeks game with the Giants.
Head coach Doug Pederson called both “day-to-day” at his weekly Wednesday press conference.
If Graham can’t go, expect to see more of rookie Avonte Maddox at safety, but the team could also give some snaps to Rasul Douglas at the position with Sideny Jones expected to miss some time after he was forced from Thursday's game against the Giants with a hamstring injury and did not return.
"Certainly wasn't ideal because we were -- I mean, that's sort of what we had, and being on a short week, even though we had only done walk-through and stuff like that, he was the guy that we had gotten up to speed right there," Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said about using Douglas at safety.
Schwartz also discussed how well Maddox has been playing and why he feels comfortable putting so much on his plate as a rookie?
"He's a smart guy, he’s mature beyond his years," Schwartz explained. "From the time he's got here, there really hasn't been a situation where things were too big for him. He's just got a great attitude."
"When we said, ‘Hey, we need you to take some safety reps.’ He was like, ‘Okay.’ We said, ‘Hey, you have to go in there and play the nickel.’ [He said], ‘Okay.’ Those guys with that low blood pressure, that serves them well in stressful situations like that. Doesn't serve defensive coordinators well or secondary coaches or anybody else, but those guys on the field, he never bats an eye no matter what you're asking him to do, special teams, you know, any position on defense."
Pederson gave an update on other injures, as well, saying left tackle Jason Peters will practice and said Peters could “definitely can play” as team hosts the Panthers this Sunday. Meanwhile Pederson said right tackle Lane Johnson "could" practice today after injuring his ankle.
Pederson also updated a pair of defensive tackles, saying Haloti Ngata is “day to day” and Tim Jernigan is “progressing” but not yet ready to practice.