Welcome to the start of the on-field season for Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills, who on Tuesday took part in team and position meetings ahead of his first football activity in nearly a full calendar year.
For the first time since October 28 when he injured his foot in the Eagles' game at Wembley Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Jalen Mills on Wednesday will put on his helmet, lace up his cleats, snugly fit into his jersey, and take part in a practice session at the NovaCare Complex.
It will be an important step back for Mills, who has been rehabilitating his injury after missing the final eight regular-season games plus two postseason games in 2018 and the first six games of this 2019 campaign.
Mills remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and does not count against the Eagles' 53-man roster – on which the team currently has 51 players. The Eagles have 21 days from now – technically, they have until Day 22, Tuesday November 5 at 4 p.m. – to determine whether to add Mills to the active roster or keep him on PUP for the remainder of the 2019 season.
A seventh-round draft pick in 2016, Mills started 25 of the 39 regular-season games he played prior to the injury, along with all three postseason games in the Super Bowl season of 2017. Mills has recorded 203 tackles, three interceptions, and 46 passes defensed in the regular season with the Eagles.