Good morning, Eagles fans! The Eagles will practice today at 1 p.m. ahead of Sunday's battle in Tennessee. Players will meet with the media following practice at 3:15 p.m. Here's what you need to know in today's Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft starting with your chance to pay respects to an Eagles great.
1. Goodbye, Tommy
The family of Tommy McDonald will hold a public viewing so friends, family, and fans alike can say their final goodbyes to an Eagles legend. The viewing will be held on Friday, September 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the Mother of Divine Providence Church.
Mother of Divine Providence Church
333 Allendale Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
2. Alshon Cleared For Takeoff?
In his morning press conference yesterday, Head Coach Doug Pederson announced that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had been cleared for contact. He was a full participant yesterday in practice for the first time this season. Pederson said his status for Sunday's game against the Titans is uncertain but his return is good news nonetheless.
In addition to Jeffery, Pederson said he would provide an update on running backs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring), who both sat out against the Colts, later in the week. Safety Rodney McLeod, who left the game against the Colts early with a knee injury, will need to undergo one more test before his status for Sunday is determined.
3. Worth The Wait
Jeffery played through a torn rotator cuff during the 2017 season and still played a pivotal role in the Eagles' Super Bowl run. Choosing to play and wait on surgery until the offseason was a trade off but one that Jeffery has said he would do again. Now that he is back on the field, Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro writes that Jeffery will look to take the next step in his recovery and become a vital part in the Eagles' offense once again:
"I missed being out there with the guys, working next to them," Jeffery said. "It's a blessing being out there. It was a lot of fun. I feel good, but it's still early in the week. I still have a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be."
4. Wentz's Next Step
For quarterback Carson Wentz, the first game of the season, filled with its extreme expectations, nerves, and hype, is finally in the rear-view mirror. Wentz can now focus on building upon what was a positive 2018 debut and settle into the role he thrived in last season. The first step in that goal is this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Dave Spadaro has more on how Wentz plans to get more comfortable with the offense and move forward:
"I think every year it kind of takes time to just start clicking," Wentz said. "Would love to come out firing early in the year but teams have schemed us, seen what we've done for a year now. Got some new faces, new pieces, just gotta keep working through what our mantra is, what we're doing and how we're doing to do it well. So, hopefully we can start clicking sooner than later."