Friday, July 31, 2015

Wolff tests knee, says he thinks he's OK

Eagles safety Earl Wolff, who could be a key defender Saturday night against the Saints, tested his ailing right knee Thursday and said it felt good.

Wolff tests knee, says he thinks he's OK

0 comments
Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff. (Michael Perez/AP)
Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff. (Michael Perez/AP)

The Eagles' indoor practice Thursday was little more than a walkthrough, as is usually the case two days before a game, but afterward, rookie safety Earl Wolff said he tested his right knee extensively, working on his own. Wolff said as far as he is concerned, he can play Saturday night, when the Eagles host the Saints in a Wild Card round playoff game. But he also said it isn't entirely up to him, and that Friday will be important, when he'll know whether the knee stiffened up after the most extensive work he has done all week.

"I felt good. Now it's up to them, basically," said Wolff, who hyperextended the knee Nov. 10 at Green Bay. He returned two weeks ago against the Bears, only to aggravate the injury. Wolff said he tried to do Thursday "what I would do in a game, and it didn't really bother me. Of course, I felt it a little bit, but I'm going to feel it a little bit, you know. But it's nothing that's going to hold me back, I feel like."

Last week, Wolff was a full practice participant all week, but was unhappy with how the knee felt each day when he was done. He didn't feel he could accelerate normally, and he ended up missing the Dallas game. This week, Wolff said the plan was for him to take the Tuesday and Wednesday practices off, then see what he could do. Eagles coach Chip Kelly, perhaps hoping to confuse the situation a little bit for the benefit of the Saints, didn't say that whebn he was asked about Wolff on Wednesday; Kelly said only that if Wolff didn't practice, he wouldn't play.

Wolff's presence or absence could be a huge factor, with the Saints' array of weapons, including dynamic tight end Jimmy Graham. Wolff said he doesn't feel he'll be rusty, though he has only a handful of game snaps under his belt since Nov. 10, since he practiced all last week.

More coverage
 
POLL: Which new Eagle are you excited to see in camp?
 
VOTE: What's the biggest story of Eagles training camp?
 
Game-by-game breakdown of Eagles' schedule
 
DOWNLOAD: Philly Pro Football app
 
FORUMS: Who will make the 53-man roster?
 
Latest NFL odds
 
Buy Eagles jerseys and other gear

The only Eagle who didn't participate in practice Thursday was backup center Julian Vandervelde, who remains sidelined with a back problem.

Daily News Staff Writer
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Eagletarian is your home for comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter