Injury didn't doom Polk's spot with Eagles

August, 31, 2014
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Final cuts always leave question marks.

The Philadelphia Eagles whittled down their roster to the final 53 on Saturday and ultimately decided to keep just three running backs – LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.

Polk, who has been battling an injured hamstring through training camp and the preseason, earned a roster spot over Henry Josey, Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner.

It was definitely a mild surprise.

"Chris Polk certainly has a body of work," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “When you talk about backup spots, I know [Coach] Chip [Kelly] has talked a lot about looking for special-teams contributions. He's done a really good job for us on special teams, another guy who has a different skill set. For us, it was looking at that body of work and how hard Chris worked here in the offseason.”

Whether Polk will be healthy enough to contribute in the season opener Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars remains to be seen.

“Our training staff is doing a good job with Chris on rehabbing so we can go with the information that we have,” Roseman told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “Chris is a really hard worker and he’s a talented guy. We feel comfortable with that decision.”

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