PHILADELPHIA -- Depth at inside linebacker, which was such a priority for coach Chip Kelly in the offseason, will be tested early for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be without Kiko Alonso and possibly Mychal Kendricks on Sunday.
Alonso and Kendricks were injured in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The team signed Najee Goode, who was released before the season, to prepare for being without Alonso and Kendricks Sunday.
Alonso's injury is to his left knee. Last year, Alonso tore the ACL in that knee and missed the entire season. This time, Alonso has sprained the ACL and is talking with doctors about whether his best option is surgery or rest.
"Kiko is still in the evaluation process," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. "We're crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. For this week, I don't expect him to play."
Alonso watched the Eagles' practice session in sweatpants and a baseball cap. He declined to talk to reporters after the practice.
Kendricks, who injured his hamstring, also declined to talk to reporters. He said he would talk Wednesday, when his situation is a little clearer.
"Mychal is day-to-day with a hamstring," Davis said. "There's an outside chance we pick him up this week, but it will be hard for him to get back. He has a shot at doing it."
With Alonso and Kendricks out, rookie Jordan Hicks saw significant playing time against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
"Jordan did a nice job stepping in," Davis said. "He's a very mature rookie. He went out there, and it was not too big for him. He played some real good football for us."
Goode was the Eagles' primary backup at inside linebacker last season until he tore a pectoral muscle in the season opener. Goode went on season-ending injured reserve.
In the offseason, Kelly acquired Alonso in the trade that sent running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo. He later signed Kendricks to a contract extension. With DeMeco Ryans returning from a torn Achilles tendon, the Eagles had considerable depth at inside linebacker.
Now they could be down to Ryans, Goode, Hicks and Brad Jones for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Jones can play inside or outside. He has focused on the outside because of an injury to Marcus Smith.
With Smith now cleared to play on the outside, Jones can focus on playing inside.
The Eagles also will be without defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, who broke a bone in his right hand against the Cowboys.