The Philadelphia Eagles released their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Super Bowl LII game against the New England Patriots. It’s their last injury report of the season.
There’s no bad news to report. Only good news.
Every player on the Eagles’ 53-man roster was full go in Friday’s practice.
That includes starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to illness.
Having Jernigan for the Super Bowl is important. The combination of him and Fletcher Cox really need to be monsters in the middle of the defensive line and push the pocket to make Tom Brady uncomfortable.
Jernigan was one of five players officially listed as full participants on Friday. The other four: Fletcher Cox (calf), Jay Ajayi (ankle), Ronald Darby (illness), and Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring).
We’ll have an update on how the Eagles’ Friday practice went once the pool report comes in.
UPDATE: Here’s that update, via Kimberly A. Martin.
It was a typical Friday practice for the Eagles, complete with their standard emphasis on red-zone drills, plus a final review of first-, second- and third-down, short-yardage and goal-line drills. “That’s kind of the main focus every Friday,” Pederson explained, “Just to tie-up any loose ends maybe from the week.”
So how does Pederson know he’s done enough to prepare his team for the defending champion New England Patriots?
“I’ve been around these guys all year and I can tell by the way they practice — the speed, the tempo, assignment sound, the energy level. Things like that lead me to believe because I’ve seen it all season,” he said. “Now, that doesn’t tell you how they’re going to play. But it just tells you that they’re prepared and ready to go into this game.”
The final whistle blew at 1:50 p.m., roughly an hour and 20 minutes after the afternoon session began. Following the team’s normal post-practice stretch, Pederson stood near midfield, surrounded by his players, coaches and front office executives, and delivered a lengthy speech. With it being the last full practice of the week, and the team’s final Friday practice of the season, Pederson felt compelled to have “a private little moment.” He stressed the importance of seizing the moment and also having fun.
“Play loose, have fun, enjoy the moment,” he said, relaying what he told his players. “These opportunities, as you know, don’t come around every year. Also, make sure just to reflect on this season, reflect on the journey that got us here. But just play for one another, have fun and enjoy it.”
Here’s a video of players feeling loose.
Note that the Eagles will still hold a walk-through on Saturday at the site of Super Bowl LII.
The #Eagles will hold their walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday to get a feel for what to expect on and off the field Sunday. They had practiced at the U. of Minnesota’s new facility this week and there were some complaints that the new turf was “hairy” and “lumpy.”— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 2, 2018
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
None to report.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
As is the case with the Eagles, the Patriots’ injury report is empty. Their 53-man roster is at full strength.