Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce said he will start in the season opener Sunday at Detroit.
On an appearance on the 94 WIP Morning Show, Kelce said: “Yes, I’ll play for sure.”
Kelce, 34, had elbow surgery on Aug. 9. The Eagles’ plan and hope was he would return for the beginning of the season.
“The elbow is great,” Kelce said on WIP. “I practiced for the first time last week.
“Elbow feels really good, feels better than it’s felt in probably a couple of years, honestly.
“Looking forward to getting back out there and being back out there with my teammates a little bit more than I have been.”
Kelce, the leader of the offensive line, has been first-team All-Pro four times and named to the Pro Bowl five times.
He has started 122 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in team history.
In Kelce’s absence, rookie Cam Jurgens impressively took the first-team reps.
The Eagles released third-string quarterback Reid Sinnett on Wednesday and made three other roster moves.
Sinnett saw considerable playing time in the preseason, but never looking like an option to help the team. The undrafted free agent has been on the Bucs and Dolphins before the Eagles signed him Oct. 25 of last season.
Tight end Dalton Keene and wide receiver Auden Tate were signed. Running back La’Mical Perine was released.
Keene is a 6-foot-4, 251-pounder drafted in the 2020 third round by the Patriots out of Virginia Tech. He played six games and caught three passes for 16 yards as a rookie. He missed all of 2021 with a knee injury and other injuries.
Tate is 6-5, 228 pounds. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Bengals out of Florida State. He has 61 catches for 799 yards in four seasons. He was signed by the Falcons on a one-year deal for 2022 but was released on Aug. 23.
Perine was signed by the Eagles on Sept. 1. He is in his third season after being drafted by the Jets in the 2020 fourth round.