Jordan Hicks is confident he will play Monday against the Washington Redskins, but the Eagles middle linebacker wouldn’t say whether he’s fully healthy after he was limited for much of the week with a calf injury.
“Is anybody 100 percent right now?” Hicks said. “Seven games in?”
His point was that he’s healthy enough for the game, even though he’s officially listed as questionable. The extra time between the Eagles’ last game on Oct. 12 and Monday helped Hicks get healthier. But the truncated period leading up to the last game contributed to the injury in the first place.
“I wasn’t necessarily 100 percent in that last game,” Hicks said. “I felt like I was overcompensating a little bit. Tweaked up the calf. But I’m good. I’m going to be out there playing this week.”
The injury was announced during the Panthers game as an ankle injury, which caused concern because his ankle bothered him leading up to the game. Hicks said he played even though he wasn’t fully healthy, causing the “minor calf” injury.
Hicks said he took every rep at practice on Saturday. He expects the same role on Monday that he typically plays.
Linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham thrived in Hicks’ absence last week. The Eagles have roles for all three players, Hicks said.
Kendricks is also questionable for Monday’s game with a hamstring injury, but coach Doug Pederson said he’s taken more work this week than Hicks.
“They’re both doing well,” Pederson said. “Mychal has actually practiced all week. Jordan has been the one that we’ve kept out. …But they’ll be fine for the game.”
DARBY ALSO QUESTIONABLE
Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has been out since the Week 1 game against Washington. He returned to practice this week on a limited basis and is questionable for Monday’s game.
“He’s looked well,” Pederson said before practice on Saturday. “It’s just day by day with him. We’re going to get through today’s practice with him. [We] have limited his reps during practice, but he is doing well, and we’ll get through today and tomorrow to make a decision for [Monday].”
Darby was not available for comment on Saturday.
Running back Wendell Smallwood (knee) is also questionable, but he’s expected to play. He’s been a full participant at practice all week.
JOSH NORMAN OUT IN WASHINGTON
Washington cornerback Josh Norman has been ruled out for Monday with a rib injury, leaving the Redskins without one of their top defensive players. Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is questionable with a knee injury. It’s possible Washington could play without both starting cornerbacks.
Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is questionable with a knee injury. Safety Deshazor Everett (hamstring), running back Rob Kelley (ankle), and linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) are the other starters questionable.