By Christopher Viviani (@Chris_viv)
- RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) could return to practice this week and Doug Pederson anticipates his return “in the near future.” If he does not play this week, he most likely will not start again this season with Lane Johnson eligible to return in Week 16.
- CB Jaylen Watkins (hand) ruptured a tendon in his finger against Washington and the extent of it is unknown. It is likely he will miss this week’s game.
- G Allen Barbre (hamstring) and TE Brent Celek (chest) will not practice on Wednesday.
- G Brandon Brooks (illness) and WR Dorial Green-Beckham (abdonmen) are expected to practice on Wednesday.
- The Eagles have signed long snapper Rick Lovato after Jon Dorenbos underwent season ending surgery. Lovato, 24, was undrafted in 2015 and has spent time with Chicago, Green Bay, and Washington.
- With Matt Tobin also headed to IR, the Eagles signed Dwayne Gratz, a cornerback who was drafted in the 3rd round in 2013 by Jacksonville but was cut in October. He has 3 interceptions and 13 passes defensed in the 43 career games he’s appeared in.
- The Eagles promoted RB Byron Marshall from the practice squad with Wendell Smallwood out for the year and Darren Sproles still in the concussion protocol. Smallwood was fairly productive with 312 yards on 77 carries (4.1 YPC) when he filled in during Ryan Mathews’ absence.
- Carson Wentz had an impressive outing on Sunday and is nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Week award. He has won in Weeks 1, 3, and 5. Dak Prescott is the only rookie to have won it more this year (4 times). Check out this link with breakdown of Wentz’s play:
Sunday may have been Carson Wentz's most impressive outing as a pro. Let me show you why. #FlyEaglesFly
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) December 13, 2016
- Darren Sproles has been named a finalist for the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The previous two winners include Charles Woodson and Larry Fitzgerald.
- Jon Dorenbos is the Eagles nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. This is given to a player who exemplifies excellence on and off the field.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 13, 2016
- The Pro Bowl voting ended Tuesday night and 7 Eagles are polling high for their respective positions.