Only one Eagles player was missing from practice: defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. He was out due to illness. Jernigan also missed last Friday’s practice in Philadelphia due to illness.
Jernigan seemed to be in good spirits during Tuesday’s media availability so I can’t imagine what he has is too serious. The Eagles could obviously use a big showing from him in Sunday’s game.
The only other Eagles players listed on the injury report were: Jay Ajayi, Fletcher Cox, and Dannell Ellerbe. They were all full participants, so they should be ready for Sunday’s big game.
Unlike Eagles practices held in Philadelphia where reporters are allowed to watch the first 15 minutes or so, only one reporter is sent to the team’s practice site during Super Bowl week. That reporter for the Eagles this week is Kimberley A. Martin. You can read her full practice report by CLICKING HERE.
Martin wrote that the Eagles did NOT practice in pads, which is noteworthy because the Eagles wore pads prior to their first two playoff games.
Martin also noted that the Eagles simulated the extended Super Bowl halftime break during practice.
For 30 minutes, the room fell almost silent as the Eagles simulated a halftime break, save for the intermittent sounds of footballs being tossed around by a few staffers, injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman. All that was missing was the boy-band falsetto of Justin Timberlake, the Super Bowl LII halftime performer.
“I think it’s important that the guys get it in their minds how much time that is,” Pedersen explained after practice, which ended later than expected due to the midway break. “We’re normally working on 13-, 14-minute halftime and now it’s twice as long and guys’ bodies cool down. So I want to make sure they understand that we have to go in, we’ve got to stay focused, but at the same time we can refuel and kind of recharge. Coaches can coach and then get our guys warmed back up to come back out. So on Sunday they know exactly what they can do.”
The halftime simulation was a one-time thing reserved for the first practice of the week. And it served its purpose. The second half of practice was anything but smooth. “I thought it was a little sloppy, which is good, because this is something that I can address in our meetings tonight,” Pederson said. “Again, it’s another teachable moment so we’re not doing it on Sunday.”
The stand out quote there is that the Eagles looked “a little sloppy” after the break. GASP, IT’S CLEARLY TIME TO PANIC!
Not. The Eagles still have two more days of practice before Sunday’s game.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Timmy Jernigan (illness)
RB Jay Ajayi (ankle)
DT Fletcher Cox (calf)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Four Patriots players were limited in Wednesday’s practice: starting tight end Rob Gronkowski, starting cornerback Malcolm Butler, defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr., and backup safety and special teams contributor Brandon King.
Gronk spoke on Tuesday night and said he expects to be cleared in time for Sunday’s game. Wise Jr. is in the same boat as him. Butler was only limited due to illness. King was a new addition to the injury report.
In other words, barring a surprise, the Patriots should have their entire 53-man roster ready for Sunday’s game. Same goes for the Eagles.
Tom Brady was notably absent from Wednesday’s injury report after hurting his hand leading up to the AFC Championship Game.
TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion)
CB Malcolm Butler (illness)
DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion)
S Brandon King (knee)