The following five Eagles players did not practice: running back Darren Sproles, starting cornerback Ronald Darby, starting cornerback Jalen Mills, starting defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and third string tight end Joshua Perkins.
Reports indicate Sproles could miss three-to-four more weeks after aggravating his hamstring last week. The Eagles will continue to move forward with Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement at running back. The coaching staff has acknowledged Adams deserves more opportunities.
Darby is obviously out for the season with an ACL injury. The Eagles haven’t placed him on injured reserve just yet. Mills also seems unlikely to play this week. This means the Eagles could potentially be starting Sidney Jones (more on him later) and Rasul Douglas at corner. Avonte Maddox might see playing time in the slot with Corey Graham playing back at safety.
Haloti Ngata missed several games earlier this season due to a calf issue. Now the 34-year-old veteran is dealing with a knee problem. Perhaps the Eagles are just resting him on a Wednesday but if he can’t go, the Eagles could be down to just Fletcher Cox, Treyvon Hester, and T.Y. McGill at defensive tackle. Of course, Timmy Jernigan might be able to play on Sunday.
Doug Pederson said Perkins suffered a knee injury that will cause him to “miss substantial time.” One would imagine the Eagles will place him on injured reserve.
Two players were limited in Wedneday’s practice: starting right tackle Lane Johnson and starting nickel cornerback Sidney Jones.
Johnson was limited in practice all last week before being listed questionable on the final injury report. He didn’t go through a pregame workout, however, and was ruled inactive. It remains to be seen if he can play this week.
As for Jones, Pederson said the Eagles are “optimistic” he might be able to play. Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin put Jones through a pregame workout prior to the Cowboys matchup. Pederson and Howie Roseman were closely watching that workout. The Eagles could really use Jones back with Darby and Mills out. It’d be interesting to see Jones get playing time on the outside.
Both Richard Rodgers (injured reserve) and Jernigan (non-football injury list) participated in practice to some extent. They’re not listed on the injury report because they haven’t officially been activated to the 53-man roster. Pederson said he’s optimistic both Rodgers and Jernigan might be able to play on Sunday. The Eagles will need to open up roster spots in order to activate them. Placing Darby and Perkins on IR might be the way they choose to do that.
UPDATE: The Eagles added Malcolm Jenkins to the injury report on Wednesday evening. Jenkins was a full participant in practice and expects to play.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Ronald Darby (knee)
CB Jalen Mills (foot)
DT Haloti Ngata (knee)
TE Joshua Perkins (knee)
RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)
OT Lane Johnson (knee)
CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)
S Malcolm Jenkins (wrist)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Saints starting left tackle Terron Armstead and rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport are both expected to miss this week’s game.
Starting right tackle Ryan Ramczyk was limited in practice due to a knee issue. Starting center Max Unger and starting right guard Larry Warford were limited but not due to injury reasons.
Starting slot receiver Austin Carr and starting Tyeler Davidson were limited.
It seems like the Saints went easy on a bunch of players in practice early in the week. We’ll see how their injury situation continues to shape up over the next two days.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Terron Armstead (shoulder)
DE Marcus Davenport (toe)
OL Jermon Bushrod (not injury related)
WR Austin Carr (knee)
DT Tyeler Davidson (hand)
OG Andrus Peat (hip)
OT Ryan Ramczyk (knee)
C Max Unger (not injury related)
OG Larry Warford (not injury related)