Eagles Notes: Peters sits out practice with shoulder injury

Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
Posted: October 18, 2013

Eagles tackle Jason Peters did not participate in Wednesday's practice because of a shoulder injury, and quarterback Michael Vick was limited as he continued to recover from a pulled hamstring.

Coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he expected Peters to return Wednesday, so the injury might be more of a nuisance than initially believed. When asked about Peters' status before practice, Kelly said he expected Peters to be limited.

Peters, the starting left tackle, briefly left Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay before returning.

Vick's status was expected. He hinted Tuesday that he would not be able to play this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and he was similarly limited at this point last week.

Running back Chris Polk was absent with a shoulder injury. Polk left the Buccaneers game and did not return. The Eagles have only three running backs on the active roster, but Matthew Tucker is on the practice squad.

Safety Patrick Chung, who also left the Bucs game, was limited with a shoulder injury. Chung has missed two games, and the injury has lingered.

Punter Donnie Jones was limited by a left foot injury. He dealt with the same issue last week and was able to punt on game day.

The encouraging news for the Eagles is that tight end James Casey was a full participant in practice. Casey missed the Tampa Bay game because of a groin injury.

Kiffin vs. Kelly

Monte Kiffin of the Cowboys is a Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator with a sterling reputation, although not so much when he has coached against Kelly.

Kiffin spent the last three seasons at Southern California, which played Oregon each year. Kelly's offense averaged 601 yards and 50 points per game against Kiffin's defense. The Oregon offense accumulated 730 yards last season.

"A lot of defenses struggled against Chip's offenses in college," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

Kiffin's Cowboys defense is different from what he had at USC. Kelly said Kiffin has adjusted to his personnel and plays more man-to-man coverage than his reputation suggests.

"I would say it's different when you look at him in terms of what he's trying to do," Kelly said. "A lot of everything everybody does is personnel-driven, so dealing with different players on the Cowboys than he had when he was at USC, I think it's changed a little bit."

Persistence pays off

Wide receiver B.J. Cunningham practiced with the Eagles. He was signed Monday after more than two months away from the team.

Cunningham suffered a broken foot in July and was waived Aug. 1. He spent the interim training at Michigan State, his alma mater.

He had no guarantees from the Eagles, but they said they would consider bringing him back when he was healthy. Cunningham worked out for the team last Friday before signing Monday.

The team was high on Cunningham during the offseason, and Cunningham picked up enough of the offense during that time to fit in this week.

"I knew most of [the playbook], just a few quirks here and there," Cunningham said. "The terminology, I remember all that."

Cunningham replaced tight end Emil Igwenagu on the active roster, but the Eagles signed Igwenagu to the practice squad on Wednesday.

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