Two Eagles players have been officially ruled out: starting defensive tackle Fletcher and starting cornerback Ronald Darby. Neither player was able to practice this week.
With Cox out, the Eagles will start Beau Allen at defensive tackle next to Tim Jernigan (who is not listed on the injury report, which is a good sign). It remains to be seen if Jaylen Watkins, who is questionable, or Rasul Douglas will start at corner with Darby out. The Eagles originally relied on Watkins when Darby went down but Douglas has shown some potential while filling in. [UPDATE: Sounds like it’ll continue to be Douglas, which is the right move.]
At running back, Wendell Smallwood is questionable. Doug Pederson said he suffered a knee injury in Week 4 but wouldn’t give much more information than that. Smallwood hasn’t practiced all week so it seems unlikely he’ll play despite being listed as a game-time decision.
Pederson said Smallwood potentially being out doesn’t have an impact on the Eagles’ run game, which is a weird thing to say. He played the most snaps of any Eagles running back in Week 4. If Smallwood is out, expect an increased workload for LeGarrette Blount and undrafted rookie Corey Clement. The Eagles also might give some touches to Kenjon Barner. Philadelphia has until 4:00 PM ET on Saturday to call up Byron Marshall from the practice squad if they wish.
Third safety Corey Graham is questionable despite being a full participant in practice all week. The Eagles were using him in a rotational role prior to his injuy in order to free up Malcolm Jenkins to move around the formation. We’ll see if that continues on Sunday.
Backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is questionable after being limited in practice all week. If he can’t play, Elijah Qualls and Justin Hamilton will be in line for more playing time. Perhaps Vaeao will be ready to play by the Eagles’ Week 6 game on Thursday.
Starting defensive end Vinny Curry did not practice on Friday but it wasn’t injury related.
For more updates on Darby and Sidney Jones, click here.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Friday)
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
DT Fletcher Cox (calf)
RB Wendell Smallwood (knee)
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)
S Jaylen Waktins (hamstring)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
RB Darren Sproles
RB Donnel Pumphrey
K Caleb Sturgis
CB Randall Goforth
DT Aziz Shittu
WR Dom Williams
Non-Football Injury List
CB Sidney Jones
Arizona Cardinals Injury Report (Friday)
Starting left tackle D.J. Humphries and interior defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche are OUT for the Cardinals.
Starting left guard Alex Boone is questionable after being limited in practice all week. Bruce Arians said he’ll be a game time decision.
John Brown and J.J. Nelson both played in Week 4 so it would seem like they’ll suit up for this game.
OT D.J. Humphries (knee)
DL Robert Nkemdiche (calf)
OG Alex Boone (chest)
WR John Brown (quad)
WR J.J. Nelson (hamstring/tooth)
RB David Johnson
OLB Markus Golden
OG Mike Iupati
RB T.J. Logan
CB Ronald Zamort