Eagles Notes: With Jenkins and Cole injuries, Eagles defensive line depth grows thinner

Posted: August 03, 2012

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Cullen Jenkins left Wednesday afternoon's practice early with a hamstring injury, the Eagles said.

The defensive tackle was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance image Wednesday evening. Jenkins pulled up lame early in practice during a team drill. He then headed to the trainer's tent to have his leg examined. After testing out the hamstring, he rejoined the defensive line but did not practice and eventually rode a cart into the locker room.

The Eagles' entire projected starting defensive line is currently sidelined.

The Eagles opened camp by announcing that defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who had brain surgery in January, would miss all of camp. Defensive end Jason Babin suffered a calf strain on Saturday and is expected to miss two to three weeks. Defensive end Trent Cole had swelling in the AC joint of his shoulder after Monday's practice and did not practice Wednesday.

"We get that swelling down, he'll be back," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Could be a day, could be a week."

Defensive line is one of the Eagles' deepest positions, so they have been able to withstand the injuries and not add any bodies. That could change after the Cole and Jenkins injuries and after undrafted rookie end Monte Taylor left Wednesday's practice with a concussion.

The Eagles are now down to just four healthy ends - Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp, Phillip Hunt, and Vinny Curry. Graham and Tapp have been starting in Cole's and Babin's absence. Jenkins had been taking some snaps on the outside with the first team.

There is a little more depth at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon, Cedric Thornton, Frank Trotter, and Ollie Ogbu healthy.

McBriar practices

Mat McBriar has been in Chas Henry's shoes before.

During his last seven seasons in Dallas, after he beat out another rookie in 2004, the Cowboys often brought in competition.

But now the shoe is on the other foot. He's the outsider the Eagles acquired to push Henry, now in his second season, and perhaps beat him out for the punter job.

"It is what it is," McBriar said. "You just get used to that in this league."

The Eagles signed the 33-year-old last Wednesday. He was eligible to practice by Saturday, but the Australian had an issue with his working visa. The Eagles, though, agreed to sponsor McBriar, who had to leave the country until he was permitted to return.

McBriar went to Ottawa, he said, because it was one of the closest Canadian cities with a U.S. consulate. He practiced with the Eagles for the first time Wednesday and kicked ahead of Henry.

McBriar, a two-time Pro Bowl punter in Dallas, saw his punting average dip last season because of an injury to his plant foot. He had surgery during the offseason to have a cyst removed that was pressuring a nerve. He said that Reid's assessment that he was 90 percent healthy was "about spot on." He was asked when and if it will ever be 100 percent.

"It may be in the next couple of months," McBriar said, "it may be in the next couple of weeks."

Extra points

Tight end Brent Celek, who sprained his knee last Thursday, ran outside in the morning and said that he expected to be back soon. "I don't see me being out too terribly much longer," Celek said. . . . Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had a scary moment when he jammed his fingers trying to come up with a low throw. His scream was audible from a distance, but he had his left pinkie and ring finger taped together and returned to practice. . . . Mychal Kendricks hasn't missed any practice time, but the rookie linebacker had his calf wrapped in ice after the morning walk-through and walked off the field after the practice favoring his left leg. . . . Safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring) did not practice again.

Contact Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.


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