Who's looking for some good news? Don't worry! You have come to the right place. Following a mini-bye of sorts, the Philadelphia Eagles returned to work at the NovaCare Complex for a Wednesday afternoon practice. Safety Reed Blankenship, cornerback James Bradberry, and running back Kenneth Gainwell were all back at and participating in the session.
What did we tell you? That ought to bring a smile to your face. It certainly brought a smile to ours!
The Eagles' first injury report of Buccaneers Week
Much of what made the Eagles so strong a season ago was their ability to stay healthy. This time around, however, much of the conversation after Week 1 and 2 wins was the need to juggle bodies.
Nakobe Dean was lost during the first game. He missed last week's home-opener versus the Minnesota Vikings, and thanks to being on the team's injured reserve, he'll miss at least the next three games.
Avonte Maddox joined him on the I.R. following that same Vikings game. Who are we kidding? Bradberry and Blankenship are needed, so there's some comfort in knowing they're back. Hopefully, they'll play on Monday.
Next up on the schedule is a trip to Raymond James Stadium to tackle a familiar foe, albeit one they don't see as often. Philly released their first injury report of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week, and it was much heavier than we have seen it in a while.
Here's something to pay attention to. Bradberry, during a portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, spent the final two periods working exclusively with Philly's nickels coach, Ronell Williams. The 2022 Second-Team All-Pro spent time rotating reps with Mario Goodrich.
While some might state that they'd rather see their star corner play on the outside, Bradberry has had some success playing inside. If that's the play come Monday night, expect Josh Jobe to start outside opposite Darius Slay.
On offense, Kenneth Gainwell, if able to play, provides assistance to the running back unit. He missed Week 2's game with an injury after leading Philly with 18 touches of the football during the regular-season opener.
The extra day increases everyone's chances of being available. Fingers are crossed for the best. The chances of success obviously improve if the Birds have all hands on deck.