December 3, 2022

DeVonta Smith returns to practice, limited basis

Photo by Jimmy Kempski via Twitter

Eagles’ first round pick receiver DeVonta Smith returned to practice on a limited basis Monday morning, 16 days after he suffered a knee sprain.

Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner last year for Alabama, hurt his knee during the Eagles’ evening practice at the NovaCare Complex on July 31. He’s missed eight full practices, three walkthroughs, and the preseason opener Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Eagles recently upgraded Smith from week-to-week to day-to-day.

The Eagles and New England Patriots were holding joint practices Monday and Tuesday, and Smith was not participating in one-on-one or team drills. But he did take part in individual drills for the first time, a significant positive step as the Eagles try to get their first-round pick back on the field.

Smith participated in only three practices before he got hurt. Although he and Jalen Hurts do have a history together — they were teammates at Alabama in 2018 — they are missing important work together with opening day now less than four weeks away.

This is great news for the Birds, as they are super close to have their prized rookie receiver back.

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