The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears.
Only one player did not practice: backup defensive tackle Beau Allen. Allen suffered a knee injury during the Eagles’ Week 11 win over the Cowboys. Les Bowen has more info:
BTW my understanding is that Beau Allen’s knee problem Sunday night was tendinitis, nothing long term. #Eagles.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) November 21, 2017
If Allen can’t play this week, the Eagles will rely on Destiny Vaeao and rookie sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls behind starters Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan.
Allen was the only player who didn’t practice at all, but three more Eagles players were limited: starting safety Rodney McLeod, backup tight end Trey Burton, and kicker Jake Elliott.
Elliott is still in the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol, but he was able to do some kicking during practice on Wednesday. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson seems confident Elliott will be ready by Sunday’s game.
“Listen, I don't want to speculate on a bunch of things and say, this and that and the other because a lot of it is speculation. But put it this way: I do believe and I feel in the bottom of my heart that Jake will be ready.”
Pederson also said he wouldn’t go into a game without a “real” kicker ready to play (sorry, Kamu Grugier-Hill). Given that the Eagles reportedly didn’t work out any free agent kickers this week, it does sound like the team expects Elliott to be ready for the Bears game.
As for McLeod and Burton, they must’ve gotten banged up in the Cowboys game as well. Right now there’s no indication that they’re in serious jeopardy of missing this week’s matchup, but it’s something to keep an eye on over the next few days.
That’s Rodney McLeod. He has a pinny (spelling?) tucked into his pants. May be a “don’t hit me” pinny to be used during team drills. He got shaken up during game in Dallas. pic.twitter.com/w2CPtVMQ4t— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) November 22, 2017
For those wondering about Sidney Jones, there’s been no real update on him. He’s still on the reserve/non-football injury list. Here’s what I wrote about Jones a couple weeks ago.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Beau Allen (knee)
K Jake Elliott (concussion)
S Rodney McLeod (oblique)
TE Trey Burton (back)
CHICAGO BEARS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Bears are dealing with a number of significant injuries.
The following starters did not practice on Wednesday: wide receiver Josh Bellamy, defensive end Akiem Hicks, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Bellamy has played the second most snaps of any Bears receiver this season. He also contributes on special teams for them.
Floyd is definitely out for this week’s game since his season might be over. That’s a significant loss for Chicago considering he ranks second on the team in sacks.
Hicks leads the Bears in sacks with seven through 10 games played. His backup, Roy Robertson-Harris, also missed Wednesday’s practice. Fellow starting defensive end Mitch Unrein was limited.
Trevathan is another one of Chicago’s best defenders. He ranks second on the team in tackles with 52.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Josh Bellamy (concussion)
DE Akiem Hicks (knee)
OLB Leonard Floyd (knee)
ILB Danny Trevathan (calf)
DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring)
S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle)
TE Deon Sims (illness)
WR Dontrelle Inman (groin)
OT Tom Compton (ankle)
DE Mitch Unrein (knee)
CB Bryce Callahan (knee)