The big news is that starting safety Rodney McLeod was a limited participant in practice on Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday. McLeod is officially listed as questionable and is expected to be a game-time decision, per head coach Doug Pederson.
The Eagles sorely need McLeod in the lineup because Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins have been ruled out. Pederson said both players were going to be game-time decisions, as did the players themselves. But clearly that’s not the case.
If McLeod can’t play, the Eagles will have to rely on either Chris Maragos and/or newly acquired Trae Elston. Special teams contributor and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is an emergency option at safety. None of those options are very inspiring.
Eagles starting wide receiver Torrey Smith is also questionable. He did not practice on Friday due to illness. If Smith can’t suit up, Mack Hollins would be in line for more playing time.
Backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is out for the second week in a row. 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls figures to be active again in his place.
In non-injury news, Pederson didn’t commit to who will start at left guard. It still seems like Chance Warmack is poised to be the guy, though.
The Giants officially ruled out two starters: right tackle Bobby Hart and middle linebacker B.J. Goodson. A weak Giants offensive line just got even weaker. Goodson isn’t an insignificant absence for New York’s defense.
Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins is questionable to play. He didn’t practice at all this week, which doesn’t seem like a great sign for his playing chances.
Odell Beckham Jr. is not listed on the injury report despite being limited in practice this week. OBJ said he expects to play more often than he did against the Lions (60% of the snaps).
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Friday)
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)
S Rodney McLeod (hamstring)
WR Torrey Smith (illness)
New York Giants Injury Report (Friday)
LB B.J. Goodson (shin)
RT Bobby Hart (ankle)
LB J.T. Thomas (groin)
CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle)