The only change from Wednesday’s injury report is that starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was limited in practice with an ankle injury.
Injuries that pop up during the week usually don’t bode well for a player’s playing chances. For what it’s worth, Jeffery told reporters that he will “most definitely” play against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Alshon Jeffery says he's been dealing with his ankle issue for a while. Status for Sunday vs Dallas not in question, he said.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 16, 2017
Jeffery leads the team in targets and ranks second behind Zach Ertz in a number of key receiving categories (yards, touchdowns, etc.). The Eagles spread the ball around in their passing attack, so it’s not like Philly totally can’t function without Jeffery, but he’s still an important member of the offense. Jeffery’s best games with the Eagles have come recently so the hope is that his progress can continue.
If Jeffery can’t play, the Eagles would be relying more upon rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins. He might get the start on the outside, along with Torrey Smith, with Nelson Agholor working in the slot. Marcus Johnson could also be in line for more playing time. For Philly’s sake, hopefully it doesn’t come to that and Jeffery can play.
In other injury news, Ertz and Ronald Darby are still on track to return to the field on Sunday night. That’s the positive development from Thursday’s practice.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle)
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
TE Zach Ertz (hamstring)
S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
The big news out of Dallas is that Tyron Smith, who missed practice again, reportedly will NOT play on Sunday night. It’ll be Byron Bell starting in his place. Huge loss for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys’ Thursday injury report is nearly identical to Wednesday’s version. The only difference is that Dez Bryant was upgraded to a full participant, so he’ll likely suit up on Sunday.
Starting safety Jeff Heath still hasn’t passed through the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol.
Starting linebacker Sean Lee and kicker Dan Bailey are on pace to miss this week’s game, as expected.
Did Not Practice
OT Tyron Smith (back/groin)
LB Sean Lee (hamstring)
K Dan Bailey (right groin)
S Jeff Heath (concussion)
DT Maliek Collins (foot)
TE Geoff Swaim (knee)
WR Dez Bryant (knee)
CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring)