That illness going around the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room is no insignificant thing. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor started to feel sick and weak on Saturday morning, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The #Eagles medical staff has done an impressive job all week as players battled flu-like symptoms. This morning, WR Nelson Agholor received IVs after feeling sick and weak, I’m told. He is already feeling better and should be fine for the game.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2018
Good to see Agholor is feeling better. It’s very hard to imagine a player would miss the Super Bowl due to illness, anyway.
Agholor is just one of several Eagles players who have been dealing with an illness since last week. Kenjon Barner missed a practice last week. Ronald Darby missed one media availability session to the bug. Starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan missed three total practices but he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game.
The Eagles really need Agholor healthy for the Super Bowl because he’s poised to excel in his matchup against former teammate Eric Rowe. Based on my experience watching Rowe play the slot, he’s not best suited to handle a shifty player like Agholor.
Rowe allowed a 116.3 passer rating in the slot when targeted this season, per Pro Football Focus. Only nine players were worse. When Eagles quarterbacks targeted Agholor in 2017, they had a 114.2 rating. That was the fourth best rating of any wide receiver in the NFL.
With all this sickness going around the Eagles’ locker room, I can’t help wonder if the Patriots are resorting to biological warfare. (I know, I already made that joke earlier this week.)
But what if Doug Pederson is actually pulling a Bill Belichick here and trying to keep the Patriots guessing about the status of some players? You know, like how Belichick usually lists half his roster as questionable going into game day?
Just a conspiracy angle for you.