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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eagles Injury Update: Chris Polk struggling with torn hamstring

By on 8/21/2014 11:30:00 AM

LeSean McCoy is clearly the No. 1 running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Darren Sproles is in line for a significant role after being acquired from the New Orleans Saints this offseason. Chris Polk seemed to be locked into a roster spot, but he has not practiced since early in training camp and is still not fully recovered from what Polk himself said is a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring.

The Eagles signed Polk as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and his only offensive action game last season when he had 11 carries for 98 yards and three touchdowns along with four catches for 61 yards. He suffered a shoulder injury last season that required surgery in January, and a history of shoulder issues led to him falling down draft boards heading into the 2012 draft.

Polk plans to resume practicing next week even if he's not 100 percent healthy, so the Eagles' recent acquisition of Kenjon Barner seems to have gotten his attention. Barner played for head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, so he is theoretically a great fit for Philadelphia's offense and could push for an immediate role if Polk struggles to stay on the field going forward.

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