Eagles Set to Start the Clock on Sidney Jones
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Sidney Jones has been a regular at Eagles practice this season, often seen flipping a football while taking mental reps as his teammates are put through the paces with secondary coach Cory Undlin.
That changes this week as the rookie cornerback is set to join the party for the first time this season.
"We're just to the point of just want to see him out there running around, doing football activities outside of the normal workouts that he's been doing," coach Doug Pederson said. "Just really changing direction and doing more football work this week."
Jones, a consensus first-round talent in the 2017 draft, fell to the second round after tearing his Achilles' at the University of Washington's pro day back in March.
Philadelphia rolled the dice on Jones understanding that the cornerback would likely miss a significant portion of the season.
Once Ronald Darby was acquired, second-year player Jalen Mills showed significant improvement, Patrick Robinson developed into one of the better free-agent signings of the offseason and third-round pick Rasul Douglas proved to be a viable contributor, the urgency to get Jones back on the field as quickly as possible diminished.
The timing here is key because once activated from the NFI list the Eagles have 21 days to either elevate Jones to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve and shut him down for the season.
With three games left in the regular season, Philadelphia will get a free look at how Jones has progressed in practice without shutting him down until the playoffs.
If the Eagles suffer an injury at the position over the final three games and Jones shows he's healthy enough to contribute there's a chance Jones could be elevated to the roster at any time during the 21-day window.
In other injury news, Pederson claimed left guard Stefen Wisniewski, who left early in Los Angeles with an ankle injury, is day-to-day.
"He'll be fine," the coach said. "He's going to be day-to-day. So I expect him to probably do some walk-through things and individual, potentially, on Wednesday, and just give him a day-to-day situation with him."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen