After the Eagles organization announced the launch of the Eagles Autism Challenge on Friday morning, head coach Doug Pederson met with the media to provide updates on the team heading into Sunday’s game.
Pederson announced that cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle), running back Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring), and defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (wrist) are all out against Kansas City. Darby told reporters this week that it’s a 4-6 week injury.
“It’s a significant ankle injury. Week to week. Not ready to play a week later obviously this week. So yeah we’re hopeful,” Pederson said. “As I said before, want to make sure he’s 100 percent but the hope is we get him back.
Pederson hinted at the possibility that rookie defensive tackle Elijah Qualls may take some reps filling in for the injured Vaeao. Recently signed kicker Jake Elliott will make his NFL debut in the wake of Caleb Sturgis’ injury. Pederson has seen enough that he feels confident in the rookie on Sunday.
“I’ve seen a really good amount of consistency. He had the one miss yesterday. It was just a little bit of a pull, but big leg. Very accurate. Kickoffs were good so really excited to watch him Sunday,” Pederson said.