Ertz Back at Practice for Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was back at practice Friday after missing Wednesday's session with a hamstring injury.
The Eagles Pro Bowl tight end was also estimated as a no go on Thanksgiving Day but coach Doug Pederson said Ertz would do some work Friday and the veteran Pro-Bowler was indeed out there at the small portion of the practice open to the media.
Ertz was injured in last Sunday's game against Seattle and will likely try to play at Miami this week. Philadelphia's pending open roster spot will likely be filled depending on how the Eagles perceive how healthy Ertz will be against the Dolphins, however.
If there is a serious concern practice squad tight end Josh Perkins could be elevated. If Ertz is deemed to be fine, cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc, who is on the verge of returning from injured reserve and a Lisfranc issue, will likely get the spot.
Ertz, of course, is again Philadelphia's leading receiver and Carson Wentz's favorite target with 67 catches for 712 yards.
Pederson also continued to say receivers Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) are trending in a positive direction, although both have been limited practice participants this week just like last week when neither played.
Running back Jordan Howard, who suffered a stinger vs. the Bears on Nov. 3, still has not been cleared for contact, and must show full strength in his shoulder during tests before given the all-clear from team doctors.
Right tackle Lane Johnson has been cleared from concussion protocol and is expected to play vs. the Dolphins while right guard Brandon Brooks, who playes just one series against Seattle due to an anxiety attack, will also play.
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