Watkins has 'chronic' ankle; doubtful for Sunday

Danny Watkins has a "chronic ankle" condition, Andy Reid said Friday, and the right guard was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game after he missed two days of practice.

"Danny has got kind of a chronic ankle and he's had it for years," Reid said. "He disturbed it in the last game and he thought it would be fine and it didn't work out. He came back Monday practice, Wednesday practiced and he just didn't feel right. So [we] backed him up and let the thing settle down and we'll see how he does tomorrow and on Sunday."

Reid was asked if Watkins' ankle has been chronic since the Eagles selected the then-26-year-old in the first round of the 2011 draft.

"Yes," Reid said. "By Webster, yes. He tweaked it in the game, is what he did. He had had an issue with it years ago and then he tweaked it again in the game."

Reid was asked earlier if Watkins' ankle injury was something that the Eagles should worry about long-term.

"I think he'll be alright. I think he'll be alright," Reid said. "We'll just let it calm down here and see what happens."

If Watkins can't go Sunday, rookie Dennis Kelly will start in his place.


Danny Watkins was not suited up and will not practice on Friday.

The Eagles right guard will miss two straight practices and will likely be listed as no better than "questionable" when Andy Reid releases his injury list following practice. Watkins has an ankle sprain that he re-aggravated, Reid said on Thursday.

With Watkins out, rookie Dennis Kelly will get his second straight day of working with the starters. If he is needed Sunday against the Falcons, Kelly will make his first career start. He played exclusively at tackle at Purdue, but he did take some snaps at guard in the preseason.

Watkins has had his struggles this season, particularly against the Lions on Oct. 14. On Monday, after the Eagles returned from the bye week off, Watkins declined to answer questions because he said he did not like stories written about the offensive line and his performance.

Two days later, however, he spoke with reporters and expressed disappointment over the way he played against Detroit, especially after he said he make progress the previous two weeks.

The Eagles line has been banged up. King Dunlap will start at left tackle for Demetress Bell after sitting out the last three games with a hamstring injury. And center Dallas Reynolds has had issues trying to fill in for Jason, who is out for the season. Adding Kelly to the mix, despite Watkins' poor play, could be a recipe for disaster.