Eagles get a receiver back at practice, still without a couple safeties originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Eagles receiver Quez Watkins (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday but the team is still without a couple safeties.
Watkins, 25, hasn’t practiced since injuring his hamstring in Week 2 against the Vikings.
During Thursday’s practice, Watkins went through warmups with a helmet and then participated in special teams and individual drills during the portion of practice open to reporters. He was officially listed as limited so we’ll see if he’s able to return this weekend against the Commanders.
Olamide Zaccheaus filled in as the third receiver in Tampa and had 2 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in the win. Watkins in his first two games had 2 catches for 17 yards.
While Watkins returned to practice, the Eagles were still without Justin Evans (neck) and Sydney Brown (hamstring). Evans worked on a side field, while Brown was an engaged spectator.
Here’s the full injury report from Thursday:
Did not participate: S Sydney Brown (hamstring), S Justin Evans (neck), WR DeVonta Smith (illness)
Limited: DT Fletcher Cox (knee), G Cam Jurgens (groin), WR Quez Watkins (hamstring)
Full: WR Britain Covey (hamstring), LB Zach Cunningham (ribs), G Landon Dickerson (knee), RB Boston Scott (concussion)
If the Eagles don’t have Evans and Brown this Sunday, they’re down to two healthy safeties in Reed Blankenship and Terrell Edmunds. The Eagles’ options at that spot are to call up Tristin McCollum from the practice squad or perhaps use rookie cornerback Kelee Ringo as a backup safety.
Good news on Covey and Cunningham, who went from limited to full this week. Cox is extremely durable and is always a safe bet to play through injuries. And you can probably expect Jurgens to be ready too.
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