Chip Kelly updates Eagles' injury situation


PHILADELPHIA -- For 14 years, Andy Reid opened every press conference as the Philadelphia Eagles coach with an injury report. That seems like a long time ago now.

Chip Kelly talks to the media before practice, so he's finished that part of his day before anyone can see which players are being held out of practice because of injuries. Kelly is fairly open about injuries, but there is usually a lag time of a day or two to get information out.

On Friday, several players were held out of some or all of the drills: Linebackers DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks, safety Jerome Couplin, and tight end Zach Ertz.

Kelly explained those moves on Saturday. He said a few players were bothered by a stomach bug that was going around. It kept DeMarco Murray from practicing Friday and seemed to be part of the deal for Ertz and Kendricks. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews was also affected.

"My number was too high," Kendricks said after Saturday's abbreviated practice. "Sports science said my number was too high."

Asked what the number signified, Kendricks declined to expand on it.

"Low level," he said, mysteriously.

Alonso received a concussion during Tuesday's practice at Lincoln Financial Field, Kelly confirmed.

"Kiko's got to go through the concussion protocol," Kelly said. "He hasn't been cleared yet. I think this was his first. He didn't have any in Buffalo."

As for Couplin, he had an appendectomy this week. Kelly said he expected Couplin to return to practice next week.

The Eagles have been relatively unaffected by muscle pulls and other soft-tissue injuries. That is a good sign after a full week of camp practices.