Only one player sat out of Tuesday’s practice: Dannell Ellerbe. This is at least a little concerning since he’s the Eagles’ starting middle linebacker in base defense. Philadelphia needs Ellerbe healthy as they prepare to face a Falcons rushing attack that features Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
Ellerbe is listed with a hamstring issue, so resting him makes sense if that’s what it takes for him to be able to play.
Dannell Ellerbe says he will do at least some of the practice stuff tomorrow. Says he’s ok for Saturday— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 9, 2018
If Ellerbe somehow isn’t able to suit up, look for Najee Goode to get playing time at MIKE linebacker.
In other news, Brandon Graham returned to practice as a full participant. Graham had been out since suffering an ankle injury in the Eagles’ Week 16 game against the Raiders. It’s good to see him back.
Jay Ajayi and Halapoulivaati Vaitai were also full participants. Both of those players had missed some reps last week when the Eagles were practicing during their playoff bye.
Starting cornerback Jalen Mills was full go on Tuesday. The Eagles rested him in Week 17 since he’s been dealing with a nagging ankle injury.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (TUESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring)
RB Jay Ajayi (knee)
DE Brandon Graham (ankle)
CB Jalen Mills (ankle)
OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee)
ATLANTA FALCONS INJURY REPORT (TUESDAY)
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones was set to be the only player to sit out of practice on Tuesday.
Jones has been listed on Atlanta’s injury report with rib and ankle issues but they apparently haven’t prevented him from playing. Or playing well. Jones had nine receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown against the Rams in the Wild Card round.
Devonta Freeman and Mohamed Sanu were limited in practice. They’re expected to be fine for Saturday.
Matt Ryan missed practice due to a personal matter. Not injury related.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Julio Jones (ankle)
QB Matt Ryan (not injury related)
RB Devonta Freeman (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (knee)
TE Levine Toilolo (knee)