PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jason Kelce has missed the last four games recovering from sports hernia surgery. Kelce has practiced in full this week and while nothing is official yet, it looks like the Pro Bowl caliber center will be back for the Eagles on Sunday.
“Felt good yesterday and hopefully I’ll continue to feel good for these next few days,” Kelce told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday. “As long as the trainers feel like I can go in there, and the coaches feel like I can go in there and produce as good or better than David Molk, than there’s a good chance that I will play Sunday.”
The Eagles have gone 2-2 in those four games without Kelce, with both of those losses coming thanks to key goal-line situations the Eagles failed to convert late in the game.
“There’s nothing worse, in my opinion, than being on the sideline,” Kelce said. “It’s almost like it’s early retirement for a little bit where you just have to kind of watch guys and you kind of feel like you’re not a part of it and it’s not a great feeling to tell you the truth.”
Through seven games, while the Eagles are 5-2, they rank dead last in red zone efficiency scoring a touchdown just 34.78% of the time they reach the red area. The return of Kelce, and eventually Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis [MCL sprain], should improve that number.
“I think everything is going wrong in the red zone, right now, to tell you the truth,” Kelce admitted. “And I don’t know that Mathis or myself are necessarily going to make it that much better. I think that some of it has to be the accountability of everybody out on the field who’s playing. And I think that even when I was in there, we were struggling in the red zone, for whatever reason. You can’t say here’s the reason why we’re struggling. There’s not like one instance you know. There’s been turnovers, interceptions, fumbles. There’s been inability to get a running game established and down there it’s just hard to pass the ball. And Nick’s [Foles] been doing his best, but he’s just, unfortunately, hasn’t gotten it done.”
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