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Cornerback Ronald Darby To Practice; Will He Play Against Redskins?
October 19, 2017 03:32 PM | David George

The Eagles prepare to move on from the loss of safety Chris Maragos, who was placed on Injured Reserve Thursday morning. Head coach Doug Pederson implied that Maragos' special teams responsibilities will now fall on the shoulders of Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, and rookie Corey Clement. Linebacker Nathan Gerry was moved up from the practice squad and will have a role on special teams if he's able to make the gameday active list.

Losing Maragos' playmaking ability hurts the Eagles but the team will move forward as they have multiple times this season.

"I think that we don't make a big deal over the actual injury," Pederson answered when asked why his team has been successful through injuries. "It's part of the game. It's part of football. I think one of the things we've done a good job with is we kind of implemented back in OTAs was a developmental program with some of our younger players and getting them more reps.

"Whether it was splitting the two fields or spending time after practice, coaches do a great job spending time with their younger players and that next guy and I think that's been a big part of why there hasn't been a significant drop-off in the play."

Pederson also forecasted some welcomed news during Thursday morning's press conference.

Cornerback Ronald Darby, who was injured in the opener against Washington, will begin to practice this week for the first time. Pederson said the "stars will have to align" for Darby to play Monday night in the rematch against the Redskins as soreness and conditioning are key factors of concern. Nonetheless, he will monitor Darby's status and looks forward to having his complete secondary on the field in the near future.

Linebacker Jordan Hicks has recovered from his ankle injury and will practice Thursday. Running back Wendell Smallwood's knee is progressing and his practice level this week will determine whether he's active against the Redskins.

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