Eagles injury report: 2 key defensive starters return, but missing 2 in secondary

Eagles injury report: 2 key defensive starters return, but missing 2 in secondary originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Both Fletcher Cox and Nakobe Dean were on the field as the Eagles had their first practice of the week to prepare for the New York Jets.

But the Eagles were without a couple starters in their secondary.

Here’s the full injury report from Wednesday:

DNP: S Justin Evans (knee), CB Darius Slay (knee), DT Marlon Tuipulotu (triceps)

Limited: S Sydney Brown (hamstring), DT Fletcher Cox (back), LB Nakobe Dean (foot), TE Jack Stoll (shoulder)

Full: RB Rashaad Penny (illness)

The Slay knee injury comes after he played all 56 snaps against the Rams on Sunday in Los Angeles. This is especially notable because Jets receiver Garrett Wilson is a handful. Evans also played all 56 snaps in LA but popped up on the report.

Cox, 32, missed the Rams game and all of practice last week after getting an epidural in his back. The Rams game was the first Cox has missed with an injury since the 2017 season.

When asked on Wednesday if he expected Cox to return this week, head coach Nick Sirianni said, “We’ll see.”

Initial reports indicated that Cox would miss just one week and it’s encouraging to see him back on the field to start this week.

Dean (foot) has missed the last four games on Injured Reserve after getting injured in the season opener. But his 21-day practice window was opened on Tuesday. Dean will need to be activated to the 53-man roster before 4 p.m. on Saturday in order to play against the Jets on Sunday.

During linebacker drills, Dean was lining up next to Zach Cunningham. It looks like the Eagles are going back to their Week 1 starters despite getting some good snaps from Nicholas Morrow the last four weeks.

Brown (hamstring) has missed the last two weeks but he was practicing again on Wednesday on a limited basis. Brown also participated last week but was not able to play.

Tuipulotu (triceps) was a spectator at Wednesday’s session after also missing all of last week.

One other note: Right guard Cam Jurgens (foot), who will have to miss at least three more games on IR, was seen walking through the locker room on Wednesday without a walking boot.

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