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Herremans has ankle sprain; DeSean less wise

Trevard Lindley's confidence is up after an interception while playing against the Chiefs first team Friday. Ingram says he is ready to practice and Herremans said he felt good in his first preseason game.

Herremans has ankle sprain; DeSean less wise

Todd Herremans (79) left today´s Eagles practice with an ankle sprain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Todd Herremans (79) left today's Eagles practice with an ankle sprain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Todd Herremans left Sunday's practice early with a right ankle sprain, Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

The Eagles guard missed most of the camp with soreness in his left foot. Herremans did return a few weeks ago and played in the third preseason game against the Chiefs without incident.

After practice he wrote on his Twitter account: "2day was one of those days where nothing seemed to go right for me...smdh. But, thankfully..2morrow is a new day! Yadigg.."

In other injury news, wide receiver DeSean Jackson (neck) and defensive end Trent Cole were not at practice, as expected. Reid said that Jackson still had some soreness in his upper back and neck area. The receiver is also getting his wisdom teeth taken out Monday. Reid committed to Jackson being his punt returner for the season and to Ellis Hobbs being the kick return guy.

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Defensive end Juqua Parker (ankle) and center/guard Nick Cole (knee) returned to practice. Cole filled at left guard after Herremans departed. Earlier he had taken some snaps at right guard in place of Stacy Andrews. Ernie Sims missed most of practice with a forearm strain. Defensive end Ricky Sapp left practice with a knee injury. Reid said he's going to have an MRI on Monday. Sounds like someone is destined for injured reserve. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson sat out with a groin injury.

Center Jamaal Jackson (knee) took some repetitions during 11-on-11 drills. Reid said that Jackson won't play Thursday in the final preseason game against the Jets, but that doesn't mean he can't go in the first week of the regular season. Reid also said that the starters "most likely" won't play. That's a "no they won't," by the way.

Also, Macho Harris, who moved to cornerback in the spring, was getting some time in at safety.

FROM EARLIER:

Rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley was a popular figure with the media Sunday after getting his first shot with the first team defense Friday against Kansas City.

Lindley, a fourth-round draft pick from Kentucky, played two series with the starters and made an interception, broke up two passes and had three tackles and an assist on a fourth stop.

"I think I did pretty good," Lindley said. "The pick kind of boosted my confidence."

The interception came on a Matt Cassel throw that was tipped by the intended receiver. Lindley said he and the receiver he was covering both got hands to the free ball. When it popped into the air, Lindley was able to pull it in for the interception, stopping a drive that had entered Eagles territory.

After the game, Andy Reid said the right cornerback job still belong to Ellis Hobbs, but that he wanted to see how Lindley performed against first string receivers.

Hobbs gave the performance a positive review.

"I saw a guy that can compete at this level," Hobbs said of the rookie.

Lindley also had a near interception in the Eagles' first game against Jacksonville. If he can continue to play well, Lindley and Dimitri Patterson, another corner who has had a strong preseason, could solidify the Eagles' depth at a position that was a major question mark going into training camp.

Ingram will try to practice

Tight end Cornelius Ingram was dressing in the locker room before the Sunday afternoon practice and said he will try to participate today and hopes to play Thursday against the Jets in the preseason finale.

Ingram said he had 270 CCs of fluid drained from the Baker's cyst on the back of his surgically repaired left knee.

"I'm already feeling better," he said. "I feel ten times better than I did the other day."

Herremans: "felt fresh"

Guard Todd Herremans said he "felt fresh" Friday in his first preseason action of the year.

"My body didn't hurt at all," said Herremans, who sat out much of training camp as the team tried to limit the impact on the left foot that cost him five games last year.

One thing that practice couldn't replicate, though, was the sustained drives the team sees in a game. The Eagles third drive went for 17 plays.

"I got tired a little bit, because it's the first time I was actually in something like that, but it happens and you'll be able to build on it."

He said the offensive line needs "to work on some things" before the Packers arrive for the regular season opener.

As a positive, he pointed out that the running game moved well early. He acknowledged the pressure Kevin Kolb faced, though.

"When Kevin was getting hit, it didn't t seem like it was anybody just getting flat out beat. It was either a protection check or they were bringing one too many for us."

Several starters said they don't expect to play Thursday while several back-ups said they expect to start.

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