Eagles CB Byron Maxwell misses practice with ankle injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he expected Maxwell to be able to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The timing isn’t favorable for the Eagles, who were already thin at cornerback after losing Nolan Carroll to a broken leg.

The Cardinals’ offense would be a challenge to face even with a full complement of defensive backs. Arizona's wide receivers include Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd.

“That’s an outstanding group,” Kelly said. “It’s maybe the best group of three we’ve seen so far this year.”

If Maxwell is able to play Sunday, he may still be limited due to the injury. Rookie Eric Rowe will be making his third career start on the other side. Veteran Malcolm Jenkins will play nickel cornerback, which will match him up with Fitzgerald much of the time.

E.J. Biggers and undrafted rookie Denzel Rice are the Eagles’ other options at cornerback. Safety Walter Thurmond could play corner in a pinch. The emergence of Ed Reynolds as a viable safety gives defensive coordinator Bill Davis more flexibility with Jenkins and Thurmond.

“We'll move in and out of what we think is best,” Davis said. “The good part is we've got guys with such great football IQs like Malcolm. We can play him a couple days at safety and a couple days at nickel and he'll be ready to go.”

Several of the players who skipped Tuesday’s practice session were back in action Wednesday. Starting offensive guards Matt Tobin and Allen Barbre were “banged up,” Kelly said. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who said he wouldn’t have been able to play in a game Tuesday, was practicing Wednesday with a back injury.