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Polk's Status For Thursday Still Uncertain

Running back Chris Polk has been a full participant in training since Sunday, but is still not certain whether he will be able to suit up Thursday against the Jets due to the hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the entire preseason.

The third-year running back was poised to be the team's third running back behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles entering Training Camp. However, head coach Chip Kelly said following last Thursday's win over the Steelers that the team needs to decide who the third running back is going to be. The Eagles have a logjam at running back with the three aforementioned players along with Kenjon Barner, Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker.

"It's tough especially when things start to work in your favor," Polk said. "You're sitting out and it's hard just sitting there and watching other people play and play well because you want to go out there and show what you can do. It's a process. Everything happens for a reason."

The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Polk has been a key special teams player while making the most of his touches in his first two seasons. Last year, Polk scored three touchdowns on only 11 carries including a 38-yard score in the Snow Bowl. Polk doesn't know if his past performance will affect the decision of whether or not to keep him on the final roster.

"It's more what you're doing now. I feel like that would be a little bit of consideration, but it really comes down to what happens, how the game goes and who's playing, who isn't playing," Polk said. "It's going to be a real tough decision because we have a lot of great guys that deserve to make the team, that deserve to be on the team. Not everyone can win."

Polk said that even if he does play he's still not 100 percent recovered from the injury, but wanted to try and get back on the field because he was tired of watching from the sideline.

"It's definitely going to be like a preview because I've been out for a month. It's my first week practicing," Polk said. "I treat every day like it's my last day. You never know what's going to happen. It's always on the line. I wasn't promised anything. I'm not guaranteed anything being that we have a great host of backs. I'm renting space here. You just have to do the best that you can and work as hard as you can while you're here."

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