Mills thinks he’ll be ready, once he’s taken off of the PUP list
10 October 2019 Eagles News
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills expects to be ready for practice, once he’s taken off of the PUP list.
Jalen Mills said that his return will be dependent upon what doctors say, but that he expects to practice next week when he comes off PUP. pic.twitter.com/euQ60h9pDs
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 10, 2019
He has been running and cutting at practice, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com. The only thing Mills is waiting on now, is the doctor’s clearance. In his mind, he’s ready to go!
CB Jalen Mills says he's been running ”good.” He said he thinks once he gets off PUP he should be able to practice. He's waiting on doctor’s clearance. #EAGLES
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) October 10, 2019
Mills played in eight games last year, before he was injured. He had 42 tackles and nine passes deflected. The injury wasn’t thought to be too serious, until he got his MRI. Even after that, it was thought that he’d be ready to play at the beginning of this season. There were reports that it was a Lisfranc injury or possibly a torn MCL or ACL. Mills claims it was neither and rather, just a really bad foot sprain.
After Week 6, when he’s eligible to come off of the PUP list, he must be allowed to return to practice, placed on injured reserve or be released within five weeks. Once the Eagles make that decision to remove him, they have three weeks to decide if he’ll go on the active roster or be placed on injured reserve.
The Eagles currently have seven cornerbacks on the active roster (Darby, Douglas, James, Jones, Lewis, Maddox and Scandrick) but only five are currently healthy. As Darby (hamstring) and Maddox (neck/concussion) are still dealing with their respective injuries. They also have a cornerback on the practice squad in Ajene Harris, who was brought back this week to replace D.J. White (signed by the Falcons, off of the Eagkes practice squad). Harris was just released last week, as the Eagles went with more experienced corners on their practice squad, in Lewis and White.
Mills has been greatly missed and it would be a very welcoming sight, if we see him suiting up Week 7. The Eagles need to be very cautious with Mills, as they once again are dealing with a litany of injuries and can’t afford to be without their top guys, come playoff time.