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Positive Step For RB Polk

Posted Oct 21, 2014

A day of running around and shaking off any rust accrued from a few weeks of inactivity was “encouraging” to running back Chris Polk, who will know later in the week if his nagging hamstring injury will allow him to suit up on Sunday for the Eagles’ game at the Arizona Cardinals.

“I can’t really put a gauge on it because today was just a chance to get back and move around,” said Polk, who missed all of the preseason and the opening game of the regular season against Jacksonville after suffering a hamstring injury on the second day of Training Camp and then was inactive for the win over the New York Giants after tweaking the hamstring a week earlier in the victory over St. Louis. “I didn’t really try to open up and try to sprint, so I can’t gauge where I am, but it feels really good.”

It’s too early in the week for Polk to say for sure about how he will feel on Sunday. The team will likely practice in pads on Wednesday and have an up-tempo day on Thursday, after which Polk should have a clear idea of his status.

Having Polk back would be a plus for the offense and special teams. The Eagles have some health question marks at running back with Darren Sproles – who practiced fully on Tuesday – recovering from a left knee sprain, so having Polk good to go would provide some depth. The offense used tight end/utility man Trey Burton for 5 carries and 10 yards in end-of-game duty in the 27-0 win over the Giants two Sundays ago.

And Polk is a key member of special teams both as a return man – he had a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help defeat Washington – and in coverage, as he leads the team with five tackles on special teams.

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