EAGLES WILL NEED BOTH KELCE AND HERREMANS AGAINST J. J. WATT ON SUNDAY

Herremans will endure the pain of a torn biceps.

By Michael McCarthy

Chip Kelly addressed the Eagles’ walking wounded offensive linemen and there was some promising news yesterday.

Center Jason Kelce has been out of action for more than a month since suffering a core muscle injury that required surgery against Washington in Week 3. Kelly told reporters Wednesday that a decision about his future will be made before the team’s Sunday game against the Texans.

“I think it’s just a matter of what he can handle,” Kelly said. “In a lot of those situations . . . I defer to the player and they can tell me how they feel. They have been around long enough; I have great faith and trust in them in terms of where they are.

“He’s looked good the last couple days. We’ll see as it gets extended, when ‑‑ he trained yesterday, he trained today, he’ll train on Thursday and train on Friday, and then we’ll make a decision on Saturday with him.”

The Eagles have struggled with various injuries along the offensive line, after making it through all of the 2013 regular season without a serious injury to anyone. The latest victim was guard Todd Herremans, who reportedly has a torn biceps. Kelly, however, said Herremans has practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We’ll see what he can do this week,” Kelly said.

So the Eagles could have both. Or neither. Or one of the other. They’ll need all the help they can get when it comes to blocking J. J. Watt and the other members of the Texans’ defense.

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