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Kelce, Mathis Back At Practice

C Jason Kelce is on the verge of returning from a knee injury suffered in September 2012

C Jason Kelce is on the verge of returning from a knee injury suffered in September 2012

Both C Jason Kelce and OG Evan Mathis returned to practice on Tuesday and practiced with the first-team offense. This is excellent news, especially for Kelce, who is coming back from a devastating knee injury he suffered in week 2 of last season. The starting offensive line is now intact, featuring Jason Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Todd Herremans, and Lane Johnson from left to right.

Kelce and Mathis are both returning right on schedule, if not ahead of where they should be in their recoveries. Mathis is bouncing back from a minor ankle operation, and he should continue to play at a Pro Bowl level. While Kelce’s return to practice is encouraging, he’s not out of the woods yet. He’s dealing with a very serious injury and a setback is always possible. There’s no doubt that the Eagles entire offensive line is trending upwards, though. This group looks elite on paper, with the only question marks being rookie Lane Johnson at right tackle and lingering injury issues.

In other injury news, S Kenny Phillips practiced in full, although he does not appear to be playing at full speed according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has battled chronic knee issues throughout his career, which is why he settled for a one-year contract on the free agent market, and the Eagles have been very cautious with him so far. If healthy, Phillips should have little trouble beating out Nate Allen for the starting safety gig next to Patrick Chung, but his knee issues are likely to be a lingering issue.

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