After a difficult first four games of the year, the Philadelphia Eagles have gone some way to getting their 2015 season back on track over the past couple of weeks.
But, although the NFC East franchise has won two straight, questions still remain about the capabilities of Chip Kelly's roster heading into a crucial period of the season.
News today, then, that one big name offseason arrival has returned to the practice field for the first time in three weeks will provide a big boost for the franchise.
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With the Eagles practicing today ahead of their Sunday night matchup against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport tweeted the following image:
Of course, the sight of Kiko Alonso in helmet and uniform today doesn't mean the highly-talented linebacker is in line for a return to the gridiron this weekend.
However, with the 25-year-old having been out of action since week two with a partially torn ACL injury, and with some initially claiming he could be done for the year, it is certainly a big step in the right direction.
Having traded away star running back LeSean McCoy to bring Alonso to Philly, Chip Kelly will be desperate to get the Oregon product back to full fitness ASAP.
And it goes without saying that the player himself, having endured a torrid time with injuries in recent season, will be keen to get back into the thick of the action sooner rather than later.
Assuming everything goes according to plan, Alonso's return to practice this week could well mean he seems some snaps when Philadelphia travel to Dallas for a key divisional game on November 9 - the week after their bye.
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