Fletcher Cox wasn't present when the Eagles began practice Thursday; the team's All-Pro defensive tackle has not taken the field since suffering a calf strain in the Sept. 24 victory over the Giants. He would seem unlikely to play this weekend against Arizona. The typical recovery time for an NFL calf injury is a little more than two seeks, according to a recent medical study.
Running back Wendell Smallwood was absent for the second successive day. A source with knowledge of the situation said Smallwood has knee swelling that isn't considered serious. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (heel) returned to the field Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.