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Coach Pederson addresses Kamu Grugier-Hill injury and more

Head coach Doug Pederson addressed the injury linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered in Saturday morning's practice at the NovaCare Complex, saying it is a "lower leg" injury and that Grugier-Hill would undergo more testing to determine the severity of the situation.

Grugier-Hill started 10 games and played in 32 percent of the defensive snaps last season, his third with the Eagles. He was off to a fine start this summer in Training Camp and was around the football as much as any defensive player up until the time of the injury.

"He's really coming into his own. I mean, he's obviously getting those first-team reps at linebacker and he's a core special teams (player) for us," head coach Doug Pederson said. "Really excited about him and what he brings to our football team. He was a young player who is now starting to really grow into his role and has been good all of camp."

With the preseason opener on Thursday as the Eagles host Tennessee at Lincoln Financial Field, Pederson said he hasn't yet determined any rotation, including at the quarterback position. Pederson, in fact, said that he hasn't yet made up his mind whether starter Carson Wentz will play, something he will announce as we close in on the first snap.

As for other Eagles who are injured, Pederson is making sure to bring veterans like defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, safety Rodney McLeod, and linebacker Nigel Bradham along at a patient pace. McLeod took 11-on-11 reps for the first time on Saturday, while the other two have not. They're increasing their workload on the side, however, and in the individual portion of practice.

"These guys are veteran players who have been in our system for a long time. It's now more about the physical, the actual conditioning of, you know, being game ready, so to speak," Pederson said. "But no real concern over them missing this time right now."

The Eagles will enjoy a change of scenery on Sunday with their public practice at Lincoln Financial Field, a chance for the new Eagles to acclimate themselves with the locker room and the stadium stage. After Sunday, the Titans and the preseason opener are straight ahead.

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