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Injury Report: Wentz's Ribs Still Not Healed

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Head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that a CT scan revealed that one of Carson Wentz's ribs is still only 60 percent healed from the hit that the quarterback took back in Week 1 of the preseason.

Will Wentz play against the Jets on Thursday night in the preseason finale?

"If he's 60 percent with that rib, probably not," Pederson said.

In the locker room, Wentz went a step further and told reporters that he will not play.

"It's frustrating as all injuries are. I was obviously hoping to get out there one more time in the preseason, but it kind of is what it is," Wentz said. "I'm going to still try to learn as much as I can and get ready for Cleveland."

There is good news, however, on the injury front.

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews will take part in practice for the first time since suffering a knee sprain on August 5. Pederson said that Matthews is expected to do work in individual drills, group installation and may even take some reps in 7-on-7 action. Matthews remains on track for the season opener on September 11.

"Coach Pederson, he's played. He understands that you don't want a guy to come back and be kind of 80, 70 (percent) unless you just need him that day," Matthews said. "Basically, the situation was the risks far outweighed the reward to rush me back and get some reps in preseason. He saw that. The other coaches saw that. Howie (Roseman) was extremely supportive of me being able to get my rest and make sure my knee was back 100 percent. It feels great. I'm ready to go."

Guard Isaac Seumalo is day to day with the pec strain that sidelined him for Saturday's game against Indianapolis.

Defensive end Vinny Curry (knee) and defensive tackle Taylor Hart (knee/ankle) will be back in time for Week 1.

Running back Wendell Smallwood is in the NFL's concussion protocol. The Eagles re-signed running back Cedric O'Neal, who was with the team earlier in the preseason, to take reps on Thursday night.

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