Four days after an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants in the Philadelphia Eagles' regular-season finale, the Birds went back to work on Thursday. This was supposed to be a walkthrough. They elected instead for a day of practice. That's music to the ears if you're uninspired by the product this team has provided during weeks 17 and 18.
Jalen Hurts threw for the first time since Sunday. He and Nick Sirianni spoke with select members of the Philly media. QB1 lamented he felt more soreness on Monday than he had on Sunday following his dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He also stated that it was probably a mistake to re-enter the game, but all signs appear to be pointed in the direction of him playing in the Wild Card Round.
Eagles injuries: A.J. Brown sits out of Thursday's practice as does safety Reed Blankenship
Among the other notable injuries witnessed during Sunday's game were A.J. Brown's knee injury, Sydney Brown's season-ending ACL tear, and Cam Jurgens' eye injury. The second-year offensive lineman took a finger in the eye.
Cam wore a visor at practice on Thursday. A.J. was nowhere to be found. Reed Blankenship was present, but the second-year safety was merely a spectator. That brings us to Darius Slay.
More Eagles injury news: Darius Slay announces on the eve of Thursday's practice session that he's ready to return.
Everyone has their opinion of Darius Slay, both on the field and off. Regardless of what your theories are, here's what we can promise you. Slay is going to be Slay.
His Big Play Slay podcast is always worth a watch. During his latest offering, he provided his own injury update. It sounds like he is ready to return.
As stated, let's hope team physicians agree with his medical assessment. Kelee Ringo has filled in admirably in his absence. The five-time Pro Bowler has missed the past four Eagles games as he has dealt with a knee injury. He too was present for practice.
Here's your full injury report.
The Birds appear to be pretty healthy for the most part. That's a good thing. Playing on Monday gives them an extra day of rest that we hope will allow all hands on deck once their Wild Card Round game kicks off.