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Philadelphia Eagles Should Return Key Players from Injury for Third Preseason Game

August 19th, 2014 at 7:47 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles received some good news on the injury front as wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Nolan Carroll are back at practice. Both players have not seen any preseason action due to injury, but will have a chance to play in the regular season dress rehearsal Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carroll came to the Eagles as a free agent this offseason from the Miami Dolphins where he started 22 games at cornerback the past two seasons. He was showing very well in training camp before a groin injury has kept him out of action including the first two preseason games. Because of his strong showing in practice, Carroll was working toward being an instrumental part of the Philadelphia secondary. Now, he is back at practice and trying to pick up where he left off.

“Nolan's done everything in the last couple of days, and that is another guy we're monitoring,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “Just trying to put a plan together tomorrow afternoon of how many reps we need to get him, because he needs to get some reps because he hasn't played in the first two preseason games. He's been really, really good up until he had the groin. He's responded well in the last two days and we'll see how it goes today and tomorrow. But we need to get him in the game. How many specific plays, we haven't really dialed that one in yet.”

Cooper is another player with the possibility of making his preseason debut against Pittsburgh. He has been out with a foot injury, but was able to return to practice. Cooper has a huge part of the Eagles offense in 2013 with 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. It would be beneficial to get him out with the first team to knock off the rust and get his timing back with quarterback Nick Foles.

Rookie third-round pick Josh Huff left the New England game with a should injury. He is unlikely to play against the Steelers, but the shoulder injury he suffered in not as serious as it could have been. He will not require surgery and will be able to rehab the injury.

“Nothing is broken,” Kelly said of Huff. “He's got to rehab the shoulder. He won't play this week against the Steelers, but there is no timetable in terms of that.”

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