Ertz, McKelvin Ruled Out vs. Steelers
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles will be without two key starters again when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
Coach Doug Pederson ruled out tight end Zach Ertz (displaced rib) and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) Friday for the second consecutive week but expects both to return after the bye week, which commences after the Steelers’ contest.
“I’m prepared for (Ertz) and (McKelvin) both to be ready to go after the break,” Pederson said. “Our bye week kind of hits us at a good time, for those two especially.”
Also ruled out for Sunday was rookie guard Isaac Seumalo, who continued to deal with a pec strain and has been inactive for each game this season.
Trey Burton will continue to see additional time with Ertz on the sidelines, while the plan at cornerback without McKelvin remains Ron Brooks starting on the outside, opposite Nolan Carroll, with rookie Jalen Mills mixing in as the outside corner in nickel packages with Brooks returning to the slot position.
In other injury news, starting weak-side linebacker Mychal Kendricks returned to practice Friday after missing sessions on Wednesday and Thursday with a broken nose as well as a quad strain.
“(The quad) was bothering him earlier in the week, and obviously on a short week you want to give him as much rest as possible,” Pederson said, “but he was great today coming in the building and we’ll get him out there today.”
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