Eagles officially open 21-day practice window for Avonte Maddox

Reinforcements may be on the way in the form of Avonte Maddox.

Avonte Maddox, Philadelphia Eagles
Avonte Maddox, Philadelphia Eagles / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

We've been asking ourselves questions all season about how much better the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary might be if Avonte Maddox was available. Our fingers are crossed that we may not have to ask said question for too much longer. Christmas came a little early... sort of. Good news came on Thursday.

The Birds announced they are opening a 21-day practice window for their starting slot cornerback. They have three weeks to determine whether or not they'll elevate him from the team's injured reserve to the active 53-man roster. They can do so at any point between now and January 11th.

If they determine they won't he returns to the I.R. where he'll sit for the rest of the season.

Another Eagles corner joins Avonte Maddox on Thursday's injury report.

Avonte has been unavailable since he was injured during Philly's home opener versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. His perceived backup, Zech McPhearson, never even made it out of the preseason.

As a result, the Birds have tried everything to patch the hole at slot corner. One of the starting outside corners, Darius Slay missed another day of practice after being unavailable for Philadelphia's clash on Monday Night Football versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Here's the full list.

DeVonta Smith is a new addition to this week's list. So are Landon Dickerson and Nicholas Morrow. It's great to see Avonte back and listed as a full participant at practice though. The same is true for Cam Jurgens. Let's hope both play on Sunday.

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