The Eagles finally provided some positive injury news today, as they activated a 21-day practice window for CB Jalen Mills.
Now that Mills will be officially participating in his first practice with a team, the Eagles have a 21-day window to officially activate him from the Physically Unable to Perform list, otherwise he'll have to be placed on injured reserve.
All signs are pointing to Mills being ready for the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday Night. The "Green Goblin" hasn't been on a field in 352 days, when he injured his foot in the London game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If Jim Schwartz believes that Mills is back to 100% health, then he'll likely be the starting outside corner on Sunday Night along with Rasul Douglas (if Ronald Darby is good to play then he'd likely start over Douglas). Sidney Jones would likely handle the slot until Avonte Maddox returns (unless the team decides to bench Jones in favor of Orlando Scandrick).
I know most fans aren't excited for Mills' return because of his weakness of constantly getting beat on double moves, but in 2017 and early 2018 the Eagles defense seemed to work much better with him in the lineup than it has since he's been out. Mills has the chemistry with the safeties that is needed to make sure this team gives up the least amount of points possible. In 2017 and 1st half of 2018, the Eagles defense gave up 18.95 points/game with Jalen Mills on the field. In the 2nd half of 2018 and 2019 so far, the Eagles defense has given up 24.41 points/game with Jalen Mills off the field.
The numbers speak for themselves, the Eagles defense is better with #31 on the field.