The big news is that starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is OUT. This isn’t a surprise; he’s one of five Eagles players who didn’t practice all week.
Here’s what Doug Pederson had to say about Cox’s injury when asked if it’ll be a multiple-week issue.
He's actually feeling better today. I don't think so, personally. When I mentioned day-to-day, it's really day-to-day with him, and he is feeling better, though, even today.
The Daily News previously reported that Eagles players believe Cox will be out for another week or two. We’ll see.
In the meantime, Beau Allen will start in place of Cox. Sixth-round rookie Elijah Qualls will be the backup to him and Tim Jernigan. The Eagles could look to utilize some of their defensive ends at defensive tackle if needed.
Four other Eagles players ruled out for Sunday’s game include: starting cornerback Ronald Darby, backup safety Corey Graham, backup safety/cornerback Jaylen Watkins, and backup defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao.
Darby is still on pace to return some time around Week 6 through Week 8, according to Pederson. Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas will start at corner with Patrick Robinson working in the nickel role.
Graham and Watkins being out means Chris Maragos is the top backup behind Rodney McLeod, who has been ruled questionable but is expected to play this week.
Jordan Hicks has also been ruled questionable to play after suffering an ankle injury in Week 3. He said he expects to play this week, however, and he’s been a full participant in practice all week.
Starting center Jason Kelce isn’t even listed on the injury report despite being limited in practice on Wednesday. That’s a good sign.
The Los Angeles Chargers ruled out rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, who has yet to make his NFL debut. Starting running back Melvin Gordon and starting right tackle Joe Barksdale are questionable but expected to play.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Friday)
CB Ronald Darby (ankle)
DT Fletcher Cox (calf)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)
LB Jordan Hicks (ankle)
S Rodney McLeod (hamstring)
Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report (Friday)
WR Mike Williams (back)
RB Melvin Gordon (knee)
OT Joe Barksdale (foot)
MLB Hayes Pullard (knee)
TE Sean McGrath (knee)