The Philadelphia Eagles released their third and final official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 6 Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants.
The Eagles ruled the following five players OUT: D.J. Alexander, Nathan Gerry, Corey Graham, Haloti Ngata, and Darren Sproles.
Alexander and Gerry being out hurts an Eagles special teams unit that hasn’t been great to begin with this season. It also thins Philly’s linebacker depth.
Graham being out means the Eagles are down to just three healthy safeties on the 53-man roster: Malcolm Jenkins, Avonte Maddox, and Deiondre’ Hall. And Maddox isn’t even a real safety. He just started to play the position less than two weeks ago. Not ideal.
Ngata’s absence means the Eagles are down to just Fletcher Cox, Destiny Vaeao, Treyvon Hester, and T.Y. McGill at defensive tackle. The Eagles just called Hester up from the practice squad last week while McGill was claimed via waivers on Monday. The Eagles can obviously have Michael Bennett and Brandon Graham play some interior defensive line snaps but boy are the Eagles thin at DT.
Sproles hasn’t played since Week 1. Doug Pederson said “he’s close” to returning so maybe he has a chance to play in Week 7. We’ll see. In the meantime, the Eagles down to just Corey Clement (who is back this week), Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams at running back with Jay Ajay going on injured reserve. Those three guys combined for 142 rushing yards on 32 carries (4.4 average) against the Colts in Week 3. Clement and Smallwood should see the bulk of the workload there with Adams sparingly working in.
The good news is that no other players are listed on the final injury report. Starting tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are good to go despite being limited in practice earlier this week. Sidney Jones is also set to play and so is Derek Barnett, who missed Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Barnett’s return gives a boost to Philly’s defensive line rotation as they take on a bad Giants offensive line.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
LB D.J. Alexander (quad)
LB Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
DT Haloti Ngata (calf)
RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
S Chris Maragos
DT Timmy Jernigan
RB Jay Ajayi
CB Elie Bouka
WR Mack Hollins
S Rodney McLeod
TE Richard Rodgers
WR Mike Wallace
LB Paul Worrilow
NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Giants ruled out two players: starting tight end Evan Engram and backup wide receiver Russell Shepard. There was some optimism that Engram might be able to return this week but that won’t be the case. That’s one offensive weapon the Eagles won’t have to worry about.
Engram is the only injured Giants tight end this week. No. 2 option Rhett Ellison is questionable to play after failing to practice on Monday and then being limited on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Ellison ranks fourth on the Giants in receiving this year with 11 receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown.
Giants pass rusher Olivier Vernon is set to make his season debut despite being limited in practice this week. He’ll test an Eagles offensive line that’s looked shaky in pass protection.
Old friend Connor Barwin is expected to play despite not practicing on Tuesday. He was full go on Wednesday.
Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas isn’t listed on the injury report, so it looks like he’ll play, but he was limited on Wednesday after sitting out on both Monday and Tuesday. Something to keep an eye on. Perhaps his range and/or accuracy will be affected.
TE Evan Engram (knee)
WR Russell Shepard (neck)
TE Rhett Ellison (foot)
RB Paul Perkins
DT RJ McIntosh
CB Sam Beal
WR Stacy Coley
OG Nick Gates
OL Jon Halapio
DT Kristjan Sokoli
RB Jonathan Stewart
OLB Jordan Williams