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Pederson: Zach Ertz ‘needs more time before he’s cleared’

The Eagles won’t get their TE1 back for Week 11.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Coach Doug Pederson says that Zach Ertz isn’t ready to come off injured reserve for Week 11, per Jeff McClane. Dallas Goedert will again get the bulk of the snaps this week against the Browns.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz starts his 21-day practice window, per Delaware News Journal’s Martin Frank. He’ll need to be activated from the injured reserve before his 21-day window is up.

Ertz injured his ankle in Week 6 against the Ravens after a slow start to the season. Through his first six games, the tight end caught 24-of-45 targets for 178 yards and one touchdown. His counterpart Dallas Goedert also suffered an ankle injury, but has returned and appears to be healthy.

Before his injury, the team had reportedly been shopping him for a trade, so there is a chance that Goedert could keep the lead role once Ertz returns. Ultimately, they’ll likely hurt each other’s upside in an offense that can’t get going with Carson Wentz at the helm.

In a normal division, the Eagles 3-5-1 record wouldn’t have them in first place, but here we are. They still have a chance to win their division and get to the playoffs, so Ertz isn’t going to be tossed away, especially with the Eagles injury luck.