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Chip Kelly: Patrick Chung Not Ruled Out

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Prior to the start of Eagles practice on Thursday afternoon, head coach Chip Kelly met with the media. Among other topics, Kelly discussed the health of two of his starting players.

Safety Patrick Chung injured his shoulder in the loss to Kansas City and his status for Denver remains unknown. After not participating in Wednesday’s practice, Chung’s injury is steadily improving, but he will not be a full participant today, according to Kelly.

“I don’t know if he’ll go full, but he’ll be with the strength coaches today,” Kelly said. “We’ve got three more days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - but he’s not full for practice today. (Last week) we thought he would be (able to play), but I’m not a doctor so I just listen to what they tell me. But I know today that he won’t be full in practice.”

If Chung is indeed unable to play on Sunday in Denver, Kelly confirmed that it would be Earl Wolff to take his spot as the starter. Kelly and his coaching staff have been pleased with Wolff’s play, but there is always room for him to improve.

“I think Earl is growing,” Kelly said. “He came in here as a rookie and he’s started to play a little bit more as he got through the Redskins game and the Chargers game and the Chiefs game, and there’s an improvement as we’ve gone along. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re happy with which direction he’s headed in.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Jason Peters has been dealing with a dislocated finger. Though the five-time Pro Bowl selection was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, Kelly knows the injury may hamper the tackle’s play. 

“I think that any player that is limited somewhat with an injury is going to be less effective than if he wasn’t injured,” Kelly explained. “Are we going to bench Jason Peters? No, so it’s not that much of a concern. We’re still going to play Jason. I still think he’s one of the best tackles in this game. He’s not exactly where he could be because he’s got a limitation with the hand, but not to a point where ‘Hey, we’re going to sit Jason down and put someone else in.’”

The Eagles will release a full injury update following Thursday's practice.

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