PHILADELPHIA ( - Despite not practicing this week, veteran left tackle Jason Peters is expected to play on Sunday in Dallas, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Peters was banged-up late in the win over Washington and has been dealing with a personal issue since last week.

"Jason Peters will be out of the building today for personal reasons, but he'll play [Sunday]," Pederson said.

On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have been playing it safe with veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who is still dealing with a foot injury suffered against the New York Giants a couple of weeks ago. Bennett returned to practice Friday after being given the day off on Thursday and is on track for his usual workload vs. the Cowboys.

Others key defenders will not be playing, though, including mike linebacker Jordan Hicks, and cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox.

"Avonte Maddox is getting close, but we'll see where he's at again after today, but don't really expect him much today," Pederson said. "Jordan Hicks is still a little ways away. Jalen Mills is still a ways away."

The biggest question mark might be Tim Jernigan, who was active against the Redskins but never played because of back spasms.

Jernigan, of course, missed the first 10 games of the season in the wake of offseason cervical-fusion surgery, returned against the Giants and played 19 snaps and now is struggling with something that may or may not be related to the original problem.

“We’ve just gotta make sure that he’s right,” Pederson assessed. "... we’re making sure it’s calmed down before we put him back on the field. We’ve got today, tomorrow. We’ll see where he’s at the next couple of days."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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