Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy returned to practice today with a shoulder injury and had limited participation. Eagles head coach Andy Reid said yesterday that he was holding him out because the shoulder was bothering him a little bit. Defensive end Juqua Parker was unable to participate for the second day in a row with a hip flexor strain, but was dressed and on the field for a few minutes at the beginning of practice.
Other than McCoy and Parker, everyone had full participation in practice. Eagles safety Nate Allen said he was 100 percent healthy and had full participation in practice for the second day in a row. Allen missed last week’s game with a neck injury. Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), cornerback Jorrick Calvin (hand), guard Nick Cole (knee), tackle King Dunlap (knee), cornerback Ellis Hobbs (hip) and linebacker Ernie Sims (ankle) were all able to participate fully.
While Dimitri Patterson has Hobbs’ old job as the starting corner across from Asante Samuel, Hobbs may regain his role as a kick returner after Jorrick Calvin looked shaky last week handling the ball.
“[Andy Reid] has got to weigh that out, really, how he wants to use Ellis on defense,” said special teams coordinator Bobby April. “If Ellis’ time is reduced to some extent I’m sure there’s a greater probability he’ll be our returner.”
Backup running back Jerome Harrison and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are also in the mix on returns.
“Well, Jorrick [Calvin] will work in there and Jerome Harrison has worked since he’s been here, as well,” April said. “Hasn’t been used in a game, but he’ll work in there, as well. And Jeremy Maclin’s worked all year, too, just at practice”
April indicated that Calvin may still be the returner, and the final decision belongs to head coach Andy Reid.
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