Darren Sproles RB PHI 4 Hrs
Sproles had six carries for 33 yards and a touchdown and one reception for four yards on four targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Sproles surprisingly got most of his touches via hand-off this preseason, but he'll likely be more of a receiving threat once the games count. While the Eagles haven't elaborated on how they plan to use Sproles, it's hard to imagine that he'd take too big a bite out of LeSean McCoy's carries. However, should McCoy suffer an injury more serious than Thursday night's sprained thumb, Sproles might have a much bigger role in the running game. For now, the diminutive running back can still be expected to do most of his damage through the air.
Nick Foles QB PHI 4 Hrs
Foles completed 19-of-29 passes for 179 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
The interception came on a screen pass after Darren Sproles tripped on one of his own linemen. While far from his best performance, Foles has looked much better in the last two games following a poor outing to open the preseason. The Eagles dealt with some bumps and bruises throughout the preseason, but the offense figures to head into Week 1 close to full strength, barring any practice injuries over the next two-plus weeks. With the exception of suspended right tackle Lane Johnson, the only player in danger of missing Week 1 is backup running back Chris Polk (hamstring), who doesn't figure to see much work while LeSean McCoy (thumb) is healthy.
Jason Worilds LB PIT 4 Hrs
Worilds left Thursday's preseason game with a right knee injury and will not return, ESPN's Scott Brown reports.
Coming off a breakout, eight-sack season in 2013, Worilds is locked in as the starting right outside linebacker as he heads into a contract year. The Steelers don't have particularly good depth at the position, with Worilds backed up by Arthur Moats, Chris Carter and Vic So'oto.
Jake Long STL 5 Hrs
Long is set to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Browns, Rams News reports.
Long is coming off an ACL injury but appears to be fully healthy only seven months after the surgery. He's the anchor to the Rams' line and is pivotal to protecting Sam Bradford.
Sean Spence LB PIT 5 Hrs2 Comments
Spence will not return to Thursday's exhibition game due to a right knee injury, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Spence's comeback effort will be temporarily derailed for the moment, but look for the Eagles to update his status later in the week. He's competing for a roster spot as a reserve inside linebacker, and any kind of serious injury could certainly have a detrimental effect on this effort. The good news is that it's not the same knee that he tore three ligaments in over two years ago.
Arrelious Benn WR PHI 5 Hrs
Benn will not return to Thursday's exhibition game due to a head injury, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
It's unclear exactly when Benn sustained the injury, but any time the words "head injury" are tossed around, the player's status for the following week is immediately clouded. Look for the Eagles to update his status later in the week.
Chris Boswell K HOU 5 Hrs
Boswell has fallen behind Randy Bullock in the competition to become Houston's placekicker, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Boswell's first opportunity to make an impression didn't go so well last week, when he missed two extra-point attempts.
Justin Gilbert DB CLE 5 Hrs
Gilbert is "likely" to lock down the starting cornerback job opposite Joe Haden, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gilbert has been seeing increased first-team reps with Buster Skrine week-to-week with a thumb injury, and has a chance to secure the job if he continues to play well. Coach Mike Pettine stated that Gilbert "played extremely well" in the team's second preseason contest against the Redskins. He seems to be over the standard rookie butterflies, and was able to put his skill set on display against a talented group of Washington receivers.
Randy Bullock K HOU 5 Hrs
Bullock is ahead of rookie Chris Boswell in the competition to become the team's starting placekicker, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Randy is in the lead," O'Brien said. "Randy has made some good kicks."
This makes perfect sense after Boswell missed two extra-point attempts in last week's preseason win over Atlanta. Bullock has been sharp throughout training camp and kicked a "game-winning" field goal in Wednesday's workout with the Broncos.
John Greco CLE 5 Hrs
Greco is expected to start at right guard ahead of Garrett Gilkey, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Greco spent time on the non-football injury list early in camp, but has since passed his conditioning test, as was active for the team's first two preseason games. Joel Bitonio is expected to grab the starting guard spot opposite Greco, while Pro Bowler Alex Mack starts at center to round out the interior line.