McLeod Misses Practice, Ajayi, Sproles Getting Closer
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles were missing starting safety Rodney McLeod at practice on Wednesday while running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles were working on a very limited basis.
McLeod suffered a knee injury in the Eagles' win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, while both Ajayi (back) and Sproles (hamstring) missed the game. For Sproles, it was the second consecutive contest he was missed and the veteran seems to be closer than Ajayi.
Sproles stretched with the team before the session began but did not have his helmet. Ajayi, meanwhile, was on a separate field working by himself under the auspices of a trainer.
Prior to the practice, Eagles coach Doug Pederson claimed the team is waiting for a final test on McLeod's injured knee, which likely indicates some swelling making diagnosis difficult.
The best-case scenario for McLeod is likely a bone bruise and playing in Tennessee on Sunday is probably a long shot.
If McLeod is unable to go he would be replaced by veteran Corey Graham with Deoindre' Hall, a trade pickup from Chicago earlier this month, stepping into the third safety role. The Eagles also have Tre Sullivan on the practice squad, who could be elevated if need be.
Officially all three players were listed as not participating in the practice and were joined by defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who missed the day with an illness.
WR1 Alshon Jeffery, who missed the first three games while rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery, was cleared for contact and was practicing fully.
"It was good to be back out there with my team just flying around and just being in the huddle." Jeffery said.
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