Goedert a Go for Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Dallas Goedert tested his left calf in front of both Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and the results were good enough for the Eagles' brass who activated the second-year tight end.
Goedert missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before being a limited participant on Friday. He was wearing a sleeve on the calf and ran some routes and took some passes from practice squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta as well as Pederson himself. Goedert also tested his anchoring ability as a blocker by having a trainer push at him while simulating pass protection.
Goedert originally injured his left calf in the preseason and aggravated it during pregame warmups a week ago at Atlanta.
Of the Eagles seven inactives on Sunday, five are injury-related: receivers DeSean Jackson (abdomen) and Alshon Jeffery (calf), running back Corey Clement (shoulder), linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill GH (knee) and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (foot). The team dressed Nate Sudfeld as a third QB behind Carson Wentz and Josh McCown rather than a pair of rookies, defensive end Shareef Miller and offensive lineman Nate Herbig
Inactive for the Eagles are wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, running back Corey Clement, defensive end Shareef Miller, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and offensive lineman Nate Herbig.
With all the injuries a number of Philadelphia players were active for the first time this season: Sudfeld, receiver Greg Ward, offensive lineman Matt Pryor and defensive end Daeshon Hall.
With Ward up, be on alert for a gimmick play from the former University of Houston QB. His ability to play in the slot will also make it easier for Nelson Agholor to play outside and lighten the load a bit for Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside at outside receiver.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen