This afternoon, the Eagles released their official injury report for this Sunday's game against the Redskins. For once, most of the team appears to be in good health, with Brent Celek, Brandon Graham, Austin Howard and Jeremy Maclin all listed as probable. Nick Cole is the only question mark - and is appropriately listed as questionable - due to a swelling knee. If he isn't ready to go by game time, Andy Reid has stated that Max Jean-Gilles, NOT Reggie Wells, will likely start in his place. When asked why, Reid provided the following answer:
"Reggie (Wells) has been a left guard for the last six years. So to learn the offense and then put him on the right side; I'm not sure that's fair to him. And Max has played both sides. Max came off a heck of a training camp – most of that was on the left side – so I put him over there where he's played for us before and has a little better feel for the offense right now."
Not to be pessimistic, but why do I have the feeling that we just picked up another Stacy Andrews? I'm willing to give Wells the benefit of the doubt for the next few weeks, but if you start hearing talk about him still "getting used to the system" by week 10, start getting concerned. (In a minor way, mind you. We still have Nick Cole.)
As for the Redskins side of the ball, things, as usual, don't look so pretty. They currently have ten players listed as questionable. Five of them are starters, which could put a big damper on their hopes of coming away with a win: punter Josh Bidwell, CB DeAngelo Hall, G Kory Lichtensteiger, LT Trent Williams and RB Clinton Portis. While Bidwell, Hall, Lichtensteiger and Portis are expected to play through their injuries, Williams will be a game-time decision. If he doesn't play, you'd better hope that you've picked up the Philadelphia defense for your fantasy team, because Trent Cole will be sure to add a few extra sacks to his season total of three.