Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Aaron Donald is getting ready to play his first game since his neck injury, and he has been on the field since the team’s bye week.
The Raiders defeated the Eagles 20-10 on Sunday, the Raiders coming out of the bye week to beat Philadelphia and finish as the NFC’s top-scoring team.
Donald had four tackles, one for loss, one sack and two passes defensed.
He’s coming off a season-high five sacks and had 11 quarterback hits.
Donald said he was feeling better and he was getting better as the season wore on.
“I’m just trying to keep going,” Donald said.
“I’m trying to get better.
I’m trying my best to help this team win.
I feel great.”
The Raiders have a bye in March.
Donald’s injury has also put more pressure on starting right tackle Donald Penn.
Penn said he felt fine after the game.
The Oakland Raiders lost the opening two games of the season to the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins, and have lost five straight.
The Eagles (10-3) are tied with the Raiders for first place in the NFC East.
The Eagles have the second-best record in the league at 3-5.
The teams played to a scoreless tie with three minutes left in the third quarter.
It was the first time the Raiders have lost consecutive games at home.
After the game, Donald said he’s ready to start.
“We’re ready to go,” Donald told reporters.
“Hopefully I can come back on this team.”
The Eagles did not have much time to prepare for Donald.
The team practiced in their locker room until late Saturday night, and then moved the players back to the practice field for the final practice of the week.
Coach Chip Kelly said after the win that he thought Donald was healthy.
“It’s tough when your guy’s on the sideline, and you’re playing a tough game, and it’s like, ‘I’m done,'” Kelly said.