Gibson (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Gibson's injury could help to explain why he only played six offensive snaps in the season opener against the Falcons. A preseason standout, Gibson had looked to be in line for an important offensive role with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Mack Hollins (groin) sidelined, but he wasn't targeted a single time in the Eagles' victory -- though he did return two kicks for 43 yards. The 24-year-old will look to get healthy in time for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers and attempt to earn an increased offensive role while the opportunity for targets remains.
Gibson already appeared locked into the assignment for Week 1 after Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Mack Hollins (groin) were officially ruled out Tuesday, but he could have an opportunity to stick in three-wideout sets beyond the season opener. The Eagles moved Hollins to injured reserve Thursday and Jeffery is no lock to suit up Week 2 against the Buccaneers, opening the door for Gibson to gain some early fantasy appeal after a strong preseason. Gibson will likely need to perform well in his initial snaps to maintain a consistent role on offense, however, as veteran wideout Markus Wheaton and rookie Dallas Goedert loom as options to absorb additional targets while Jeffery and Hollins are sidelined.
Gibson will return kicks against the Falcons on Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
Gibson, who only nabbed two passes in 2017, secured a spot on the Eagles' 53-man roster after catching nine passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns over three preseason games. In addition to returning kicks, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gibson were to see action in three-wideout sets as long as Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) remains sidelined.
Gibson has made a strong case for a role in the offense while Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is absent, NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt reports.
Gibson entered training camp on the roster bubble but has now locked down a spot after catching nine passes for 195 yards and two TDs in three preseason games. Meanwhile, Jeffery is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season, and Mack Hollins has been out since the first week of the preseason with an undisclosed injury. Gibson could have a regular spot in three-wide formations alongside Mike Wallace and Nelson Agholor when the Eagles kick off their season against the Falcons on Sept. 6.
Gibson snatched two of three targets for 77 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh.
Gibson sprinted right past Steelers corner Dashaun Phillips shortly before halftime, snagging a 63-yard touchdown to bring Philly within a point. Gibson has reportedly taken some strides in camp after nabbing just two passes in 2017. Whether that progress results in a roster spot likely depends on how many receivers the Eagles end up carrying into the season.
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