Eagles second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin returned to practice Thursday, just four days after suffering a concussion during the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings in Minneapolis.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Boykin passed through the final stages of the NFL’s mandatory concussion recovery protocol, which means he passed an increasingly strenuous series of physical tests without experiencing concussion symptoms, he cleared a test comparing his brain function with a baseline test taken before the season, and he was cleared by an NFL-appointed independent neurologist.
Boykin, who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, does not start but has played 552 defensive snaps as the nickel cornerback.
Boykin got hurt in the third quarter at the end of a 36-yard kickoff return and did not return to the game.
He said he never lost consciousness, and when he was able to attend indoor practices Tuesday and Wednesday in the Eagles’ bubble, with loud music blaring, it was a good sign, since those suffering from concussions are generally sensitive to noise.
Safeties Kurt Coleman (hamstring) and Colt Anderson (knee) were the only Eagles sitting out practice during the open media portion Thursday.
The Eagles were working outdoors Thursday for the first time in a few weeks.