Here are some Wednesday updates as the Eagles prepare to travel to Houston for their Week 9 matchup with the Texans:
Running back Kenjon Barner returned to Philadelphia Monday for another workout with the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan via Twitter.
Waived with an injury settlement by the Eagles prior to the season, the former Carolina Panthers backup was in town for another workout earlier this season. Originally acquired for a conditional draft pick in an August trade with Carolina, Barner might be Philadelphia’s emergency option at running back if Darren Sproles (MCL sprain) is unable to play for a second consecutive game.
Additionally, former Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Chris Prosinski is scheduled to visit the Eagles on Wednesday, according to a report by National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson.
Prosinski, a former fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Wyoming, has started nine games since 2011. The Jaguars announced he had been waived/injured on Sept. 23 after appearing in three games this season.
Although Malcolm Jenkins has proven to be an invaluable free agent addition with a team-high three interceptions at free safety, the Eagles could still be in search of secondary help. Starting SS Nate Allen surrendered the go-ahead touchdown in the team’s Week 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and second-year backup Earl Wolff has seen limited playing time this season.
In other news, the Eagles announced Wednesday that center Jason Kelce (sports hernia) and left guard Evan Mathis (MCL sprain) were full participants in practice. The latter isn’t eligible to return to the active roster until after the team’s eighth game this week. Kelce, however, is likely to return to the starting lineup for the first time since Week 3.
Editor’s Note: The Eagles also announced this week that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is the team’s 2014 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which the NFL says honors “players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.” Maclin missed all of last season with a torn ACL but ranks 10th in the NFL with 632 receiving yards through seven games. Kelce won the award in 2013.