The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 15 game against the New York Giants.
The good news is that Zach Ertz has been cleared to return to the field after suffering a concussion in Week 13. Ertz was a full participant in practice so he’s set to return on Sunday.
One player did not practice on Wednesday: starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski. Wis got hurt in the Eagles-Rams game. The team originally said he was probable to return to the game but he never did. The Eagles then turned to Chance Warmack for a little bit. He predictably struggled. Then the Eagles put Isaac Seumalo, who started the season at left guard, in for Warmack. He also struggled. If Wis can’t play, perhaps it’ll be Seumalo who gets the nod at left guard this week.
One was limited in practice: starting safety Rodney McLeod. He’s listed with a quadricep injury. It’s possible the Eagles are taking it easy on him since it’s still early in the week. McLeod hasn’t had the best year. It’s fair to wonder how much injuries have impacted him.
Along with Ertz, two other Eagles players were listed as full participants: defensive end Derek Barnett and linebacker Joe Walker. Barnett hasn’t missed any time this year. He should be good to go. As for Walker, we’ll see. He was a full participant all last week but he was ruled inactive for the game. The Eagles wouldn’t have needed him anyway since they didn’t play in their base defense at all. Maybe Walker will be ready to play this week.
It’s also worth noting that Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones practiced for the first time in his career on Wednesday. He’s not on the 53-man roster, of course, so he’s not listed on the official injury report. The Eagles have a 21-day window from Jones’ first practice to decide whether to activate him to the roster or shut him down for the season. Maybe we’ll see Jones active in Week 17 when the Eagles potentially have nothing to play for? Just a guess.
Great first day back with the team today! It’s been a long journey! To all the supporters, thank you. I’m truly blessed #FlyEagelsFly— Sidney Jones IV (@SidneyJonesIV) December 13, 2017
UPDATE: Brent Celek also did not practice on Wednesday. He’s not injured. He was busy attending the birth of his new child. Congrats, Brent!
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OG Stefen Wisniewski (ankle)
TE Brent Celek (not injury related)
S Rodney McLeod (quadricep)
TE Zach Ertz (concussion)
DE Derek Barnett (groin)
LB Joe Walker (neck)
NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Giants have been bit HARD by the injury bug this year. Just look at this long list of players on injured reserve.
The Giants are depleted. Against the Eagles, they might be missing even more players.
Starting safety Landon Collins got hurt against the Cowboys. It sounds like he’s pushing to play through it.
Damon Harrison has been dealing with a number of nagging injuries recently. He was given a rest day.
Roger Lewis ranks third on the Giants in receptions and third in receiving yards this season. He didn’t practice on Wednesday.
Justin Pugh, arguably the best Giants’ offensive lineman at this point, was out as he seeks a second opinion on his back injury.
Starting cornerback Brandon Dixon, who got beaten like a drum against Dallas, was limited. So was starting lineabcker B.J. Goodson and starting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Analysis: The Giants are bad and banged up.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Landon Collins (ankle)
DT Damon Harrison (not injury related)
WR Roger Lewis (ankle)
OG Justin Pugh (back)
CB Brandon Dixon (heel/hamstring)
TE Rhett Ellison (finger)
LB B.J. Goodson (ankle)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger)
WR Travis Rudolph (hamstring)