Appearing Monday night on Comcast SportsNet's Philly Sports Talk, guard Evan Mathis said that he's been cleared to return to practice.
Mathis suffered an MCL injury in the first half of the season opener against Jacksonville. He was placed on the Injured Reserve - Designated for Return list. Mathis is still not eligible to play until the Week 10 Monday night showdown with the Carolina Panthers.
If that wasn't enough good news, Mathis revealed that his linemate center Jason Kelce could return sooner than expected from sports hernia surgery. Kelce said that he was targeting that same Monday night game for his return, but Mathis explained that the starting center could "possibly" play against the Texans a week from Sunday.
The Eagles' revamped offensive line is coming off of its best performance of the season against the New York Giants. Led by LeSean McCoy's first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, the Eagles churned out a season-high 203 yards on the ground and allowed just one sack in the 27-0 victory. David Molk and Matt Tobin have made great strides starting at center and left guard, respectively, in the absence of Kelce and Mathis.
Earlier on Monday, linebacker Mychal Kendricks added that he will return to practice this week for the first time since suffering a calf injury in the Week 2 win over the Colts. The Eagles are back from the bye week on Tuesday. Head coach Chip Kelly addresses the media at 12:10 PM and we will have it live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.