Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan misses practice again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Philadelphia Eagles starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan missed his second straight practice Thursday because of an illness.

Coach Doug Pederson said he expects Jernigan to play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday, even if he doesn’t practice the rest of the week.

”Because of the position and he’s one of our veteran guys, I do feel comfortable that he’ll be ready,” Pederson said in a pool report.

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf), starting cornerback Ronald Darby (illness) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) all practiced.

Pederson’s former coach in Green Bay, Mike Holmgren, watched practice.

”It’s fun to have him out there,” Pederson said.

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