The great new is that all 53 players on the active roster were full participants in practice. This includes tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Ronald Darby. Ertz missed the Eagles’ Week 9 game with a hamstring issue while Darby hasn’t played since suffering a dislocated ankle in Week 1.
Getting Ertz back is obviously important since he’s Philly’s leading receiver in all major categories. He’s Carson Wentz’s security blanket.
Getting Darby back is a boost for the Eagles’ defense. He’s the team’s most talented corner. Having him go up against No. 1 wide receivers will allow Jalen Mills to face off against No. 2 types. Meanwhile, Patrick Robinson can focus on locking down the slot. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz did say that Rasul Douglas could still see some playing time, so it remains to be seen how the Eagles will split up their cornerback snaps.
Backup cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins was the only other player listed on the Eagles’ injury report.
For those asking about Sidney Jones, there’s been no real update on him. Here’s what I wrote about Jones last week.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
TE Zach Ertz (hamstring)
S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Cowboys are dealing with a number of key injuries. The following Dallas starters did not practice on Wednesday: left tackle Tyron Smith, linebacker Sean Lee, wide receiver Dez Bryant, safety Jeff Heath, and kicker Dan Bailey. This doesn’t include Ezekiel Elliott, who is suspended.
Jason Garrett said it’s too early to make a determination on Smith. It doesn’t sound like his outlook is optimistic, but we’ll see. It’ll be either Byron Bell or Chaz Green starting on the left side if Smith can’t play. Those two backups surrendered a combined six sacks to Adrian Clayborn in the Cowboys-Falcons game.
Lee is expected to miss several games due to a hamstring issue. That’s a huge loss for the Dallas defense.
Bryant missed two days of practice last week before playing against Atlanta. It would seem he’ll give this week another go, but his effectiveness will be in question. Bryant only had four receptions for 39 yards in Week 10. Darby will likely be covering him.
Heath is in the concussion protocol. If he can’t play on Sunday, the Cowboys will turn to rookie safety Xavier Woods.
Garrett essentially ruled out Bailey for this week’s game. Mike Nugent is kicking in his place. Nugent missed a 38-yard field goal last week.
Starting defensive tackle Maliek Collins was limited on Wedensday. Same for backup tight end Geoff Swaim.
Did Not Practice
OT Tyron Smith (back/groin)
WR Dez Bryant (knee)
LB Sean Lee (hamstring)
K Dan Bailey (right groin)
S Jeff Heath (concussion)
DT Maliek Collins (foot)
TE Geoff Swaim (knee)
CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring)