A small dose of good news came out of head coach Doug Pederson's press conference on Monday - second-round pick Sidney Jones was cleared to practice and will take the field for the first time this week as a member of the Eagles.
"We're just to the point of just want to see him out there running around, doing football activities outside of the normal workouts that he's been doing," Pederson said. "Just really changing direction and doing more football work this week."
Jones suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during his Pro Day workout at the University of Washington back in March. A first-round talent, Jones was chosen by the Eagles with the 43rd overall selection. He has been on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list all season.
Once he takes the field, the 6-0, 181-pound Jones can practice for 21 days and be placed on the 53-man active roster at any point within those three weeks. Once the 21-day practice window closes, the Eagles have to either add him on the active roster or he will spend the rest of the season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list which means he can no longer practice.
In 40 career games (39 starts) at the University of Washington, Jones amassed 145 tackles (105 solo), 30 pass deflections, nine interceptions, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. The Diamond Bar, California native was a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection (2015-16).