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Kelly Updates Secondary Injuries

Posted Dec 18, 2013

As the Eagles get set to face one of the most dynamic wide receiver duos in the league in Chicago’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, they are also dealing with some injury issues in their secondary.

On Wednesday, Chip Kelly updated the health of his safeties, explaining that Earl Wolff (knee) remains day-to-day as he looks to come back after a four-game absence.

“I have confidence that he’ll practice well today and we’ll go from there,” Kelly said. “He’s getting better, but we’ve had guys get hurt on Friday so there’s no reason for me to talk about what’s going to happen on Sunday. Let’s have a really good Wednesday and that’s what we can control.”

Things may be looking up for Wolff, who has been out on the practice field and has said that he expects to play on Sunday, but as for fellow safeties Kurt Coleman (hamstring) and Colt Anderson (knee), the chances of them playing on Sunday remains uncertain.

Kelly explained that Keelan Johnson was promoted from the practice squad because the Eagles are most likely going to be without at least one of those safeties, but he didn’t say which player.

“We know that we’re probably going to be down a guy, so we need to have another safety up,” Kelly said. "(Johnson is) just solid, very steady every day, and really consistent with what he’s done out there. With our guys, we practice at a really good tempo and those guys that are on the practice squad- Keelan, Travis Long, Will Murphy, Brandon Bair- those guys have been outstanding all season long. Obviously if you’ve got to bring a guy up, we’d rather bring a guy up from the practice squad because he’s been here and he understands our system. It’s not like bringing a guy in on a Tuesday and trying to explain what are calls are and what the fits are.

“We tell all of our practice players to prepare like you’re going to play because when your opportunity comes, it can’t be ‘Oh God, I didn’t know this was going to happen and now I’m not prepared for it’. I’m excited to see what he can do. He’s a big kid, a physical kid and we’ll see what we can do.”

One other update from the secondary- Kelly announced that cornerback Brandon Boykin is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol and has not yet been cleared to return to action.

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