With Week 1 of the preseason in the books for most teams, veterans can expect to ramp up their playing time in the next couple weeks. And on Saturday, a trio of Super Bowl contenders got good news when it came to the health and availability of key veterans.
In Philadelphia, Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player Nick Foles returned to practice, head coach Doug Pederson reportedly told reporters at camp. Foles missed practice this week and the team’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh with muscle spasms in his head and neck area.
“He’s been feeling better. Again, just monitor him; limit him just a little bit,” Pederson said during a news conference. “But expect him to do a little bit today.”
With 2017 original starting quarterback Carson Wentz still working his way back from torn knee ligaments suffered last December, the Eagles want to be cautious with what has become the NFL’s best insurance policy behind center.
The club expected to ease Foles back into action and it is unknown whether he will play in the Eagles’ next preseason game, a Super Bowl rematch against New England on Thursday.
As for the Steelers, head coach Mike Tomlin kept his word as All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown returned to practice. Brown had missed several recent practices and also missed the game against the Eagles.
Tomlin said earlier in the week that Brown would return to the field shortly after the Eagles game.
Members of the Pittsburgh media posted images and video of Brown on the practice field. The Steelers also posted a video of Brown’s return to the field, along with plenty of happy Steelers fans.
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In Jacksonville, Fla., pass-rushing specialist Dante Fowler was removed from the physically unable to perform list by the Jaguars. The AFC runner-up Jaguars announced the move after Fowler missed the club’s offseason program, 11 training camp practices and Jacksonville’s preseason opener against New Orleans on Thursday.
“I’m just happy to see him back to start playing,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone reportedly said before practice. “Obviously, he’s worked hard to get back, strengthening and everything, and we’ll return him to practice. He’ll come back out and we’ll work him there. I’m excited to see him. He’s put in a lot of work and we’ll see him on the field and see what he can do.”
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the 24-year-old Fowler will miss the season opener because of one-game suspension stemming from his July 2017 arrest.
–Field Level Media