By Kevin McGuire

As the regular season starts to wind down with meaningful games for the Philadelphia Eagles, the defensive secondary remains a significant concern. After being lit up by the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, the Chicago Bears come to Philadelphia with a potent pass attack at a time when the Eagles are a bit banged up in the defensive backfield. While none of the starters are in danger of missing time this weekend, the depth is another issue.

Back-up safeties Colt Anderson (knee) and Kurt Coleman (hamstring) have been held out of practice all week. Both have been ruled out for this weekend’s game on the Eagles injury report. Last week safety Earl Wolff (knee) was listed as doubtful for the road game against the Vikings. Wolff returned to take part in full practices this week and has been upgraded to probable for this weekend’s prime time game against Chicago.

Adding to the concerns in the backfield, defensive back Brandon Boykin (concussion) sat out of practice on Wednesday, but returned for a full practice session on Thursday. It is expected he should be available to play in the secondary Sunday night, although his role may be limited with concern for the concussion. Boykin was banged up heading in to last week’s game too but was listed as probable for the game at Minnesota with a hip injury.

Also on defense, linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee) was available for full practices all week and should be good to go against the Bears. Back-up linebacker Najee Goode (hamstring) took part in full practices this week and is listed as probable for this weekend’s game.

The lone injury on the offense is with reserve wide receiver Brad Smith (hamstring). Smith was available for practices all week, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Smith is third on the depth chart at wide receiver, so his potential lack of availability or reduced production should be considered a minimal loss at best.


  • CB Brandon Boykin (concussion)
  • LB Najee Goode (hamstring)
  • LB Mychal Kendricks (knee)
  • WR Brad Smith (hamstring)
  • S Earl Wolff (knee)


  • S Colt Anderson (knee)
  • S Kurt Coleman (hamstring)

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Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles and college football. McGuire is a member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB. His work can be found on

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