Eagles Injury Update: Carroll, Matthews Return; Ertz Misses Practice

The Eagles got two key contributors back on the practice field Thursday. 

Nolan Carroll, who had been in the NFL's concussion protocol, was back at practice inside the bubble at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday morning, which means he should be on target to play Sunday against the Seahawks in Seattle. After Carroll suffered his concussion in the first half against Atlanta, Leodis McKelvin, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury, and rookie Jalen Mills finished the game. 

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Jordan Matthews (back spasms) also returned to practice. On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson said Matthews was expected to play on Sunday, despite the back spasms. 

While Carroll and Matthews returned, Zach Ertz was seen leaving the bubble after the team's walkthrough and it didn't look like he was practicing. Ertz (hamstring) wasn't mentioned by Pederson before Wednesday's practice, but was then listed as a limited participant. 

Ertz has come on strong in recent weeks. Without him, the Eagles would be left with two tight ends on the 53-man roster: Brent Celek and Trey Burton. Celek still presumably has discomfort from a fractured rib he suffered against the Giants.

Reserve safety and special teamer Terrence Brooks (hamstring) was not practicing again on Thursday. 

The injured players who were listed as full participants on Wednesday's injury report — Allen Barbre (hamstring), McKelvin (hamstring) and Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) — were all on the field at the start of Thursday's practice. 

The Eagles were inside on Thursday with music blaring as they prepare to face a loud crowd in Seattle's CenturyLink Field. They are expected to be back in the bubble with more noise on Friday. 

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