Eagles Notes: Fletcher's injury could leave Birds short on CBs

Posted: November 06, 2013

Left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher exited Sunday's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders with pectoral injuries.

Coach Chip Kelly said Peters would not practice on Tuesday, but he expects him to return this week. Kelly was vague about Fletcher, saying that he would "see as the week goes along."

The Eagles already are thin at cornerback, with only four on the active roster. The team has one open roster spot, so it could add another cornerback this week.

One player who can help at cornerback is safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury. Chung has missed four games this season, and Earl Wolff continued to start in his place against the Raiders.

Chung was part of a rotation in the game, playing 51 defensive snaps (57 percent) and two special-teams snaps. It was not a demotion, Kelly said.

"It's a process of bringing him back," the coach said. "He started to get more reps and get a little more familiar, so you'll start to see him work his way back in. What it does for us, I think it just provides us some depth."

Kelly on stress

The health issues of Denver's John Fox and Houston's Gary Kubiak illustrate the stress of NFL coaching jobs. When Kelly was asked for his thoughts, he was quick to point out that football coaches are not alone in having stressful jobs.

"There's firemen, policemen, doctors," Kelly said. "I think whether you're a football coach or you're anybody, I think you should take notice of what happened and just make sure that you can be preventive in what goes on. But I don't think it's specific just to football coaches in general."

Kelly emphasized the need for balance and taking care of one's self. He said the Eagles have annual physicals for the coaches and are "proactive" about their staff's well-being, but he conceded that it's "something I think everybody should be aware of."

Preparing for the Pack

The coaching staff's planning for Sunday's game against Green Bay was not disrupted by the Packers' playing Monday night, Kelly said. There's enough film of the Packers this season for the staff to begin working on matchups.

The coaches said they would evaluate Monday's game but wouldn't have the film broken down until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Practice is at 11:55 a.m.

"I don't see them drastically changing what they do offensively and defensively in Week 9 as opposed to what they did in the first eight weeks of the season," Kelly said.

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