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Jason Kelce returns to full pads at Eagles practice, on track to play in season opener vs. Lions

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All-Professional middle Jason Kelce seems to be on observe to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. Kelce was again in full pads at Wednesday’s apply, weeks after an elbow process Kelce sidelined him for 2 to 4 weeks. 

“All the time completely satisfied when Jason Kelce is on the soccer discipline,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Thursday. “Clearly, I’ve informed him this many instances. After I’m the pinnacle coach right here, I need him to be on the soccer staff. There isn’t any secrets and techniques in that. I do not know what number of kegs I will should ship subsequent yr or the yr after that or the yr after that, however we’ll cross that bridge once we get to it.

“However we love having him out on the sphere, and it simply at all times makes an enormous distinction, after which after all if you get to work with first-team reps, when you might have first-team reps to go and you are a younger participant creating, that is tremendous necessary to any participant.

“Cam [Jurgens] was capable of develop from that, and Jason helped him alongside the way in which with that, as properly.”

Jurgens stuffed in admirably for Kelce on the first-team offense, enjoying properly within the preseason and proving the franchise is about at middle going ahead. The Eagles have glorious depth at middle with Kelce and Jurgens, but it surely’s Kelce’s staff for 2022 as he is nonetheless among the finest within the recreation. 

An All-Professional choice at middle in 4 of the previous 5 years, Kelce anchored the league’s No. 1 speeding assault in Philadelphia final season. In 525 pass-blocking snaps final yr, Kelce allowed only one sack and 16 pressures with a stress price per dropback of three.0%. 

Kelce’s streak of 122 consecutive begins is the longest energetic streak for facilities within the NFL. Kelce trails solely Jake Matthews (127 begins) for the longest consecutive begin streak within the NFL. The Eagles’ longtime middle hasn’t missed a recreation since Week 8 of the 2014 season — and would not seem to overlook Week 1 along with his return to apply. 

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