Doug Pederson Updates Zach Ertz's Injury Status

Zach Ertz is "doing fine" as he deals with a sore hamstring but will still be limited at practice Friday, head coach Doug Pederson said.

Pederson said Ertz got hurt in the Seattle game. He didn't miss any snaps but "felt a little bit coming out of the game, so with that in mind just wanted to make sure he's 100 percent going into this game."

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Ertz has twice as many receiving yards as anybody else on the team and nearly twice as many catches.

Ertz has missed only five games in his seven NFL seasons. He has 30 catches over the last three weeks and on Sunday became the first tight end in NFL history with 9 or more catches in three straight games.

"Zach is doing  fine," Pederson said. "We're going to get him on the grass (Friday), run, see where he's at, go through practice a little bit and then find out (how he is) at the end of the day. Just wanted to keep him cautious with him, keep him rested and keep him ready to go."

The only other tight end on the active roster is second-year pro Dallas Goedert, who has 31 catches for 289 yards and a team-high four touchdowns but has struggled with drops and fumbles of late.

The Eagles have a roster spot open after releasing Jordan Matthews, and if Ertz is unable to play Sunday in Miami the Eagles could sign Josh Perkins off the practice squad. Perkins has eight career catches in parts of two seasons with the Falcons and Eagles.

Pederson said wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are both trending in the right direction, which is exactly what he said last week - and neither played against Seattle.

Agholor missed one game with a knee injury and Jeffery has been out two games with an ankle.

"They're both doing well, trending again in the right direction," Pederson said. "We'll get through today, see where they're at and hopefully get them to the game."

With Matthews gone, the only other receivers on the roster are Greg Ward, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Agholor and Jeffery have both been limited in practice this week.

"They didn't play in the game so we're trying to get them to this game, so limit them as much as we can, give them as much work as we can but at the same time be smart," Pederson said. "This is that time of year where you've got to be smart with players with the amount of injuries that start piling up, not only on our team but league-wide These guys have played a lot already and just want to make sure they're good to go for Sunday."

Right tackle Lane Johnson has been completely cleared through concussion protocol, Pederson said.

Johnson returned to practice on Wednesday and was a full participant but had not not been cleared through the final phase of the NFL's concussion protocol program. Players can participate in non-contact drills while still in Phase 3 of the program. Johnson is now clear to play Sunday against the Dolphins.

Nothing new on Jordan Howard, who will miss his third straight game on Sunday as he tries to regain strength in his shoulder.

Howard leads the Eagles with 525 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc continues to practice while remaining on Injured Reserve. LeBlanc has missed the entire season so far but is now in the first week of his 21-day window where he can practice without counting against the 53-man roster.

"This was a good week for him, not only to activate him but to get him back out into practice and get him moving around and get him listening to the calls and executing and all that," Pederson said. "We'll see at the end of the week here how it shakes out."

The Eagles have 19 more days to either activate LeBlanc or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve, although they can do either at any time during that window.

Presumably, if Ertz is healthy enough to play, the Eagles would activate LeBlanc this week. If Ertz can't play, the Eagles would use the open roster spot on Perkins.

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