Here’s an update on the Philadelphia Eagles’ injury situation heading into their preseason finale against the New York Jets. The starters will NOT be playing this Thursday but they will be suiting up 11 days from now on September 6.
BACK AT PRACTICE: Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Markus Wheaton
STILL NOT PRACTICING: Jay Ajayi, Mack Hollins, Richard Rodgers, Joshua Perkins, Bryce Treggs, Alshon Jeffery (PUP), Timmy Jernigan (NFI), Chris Maragos (NFI)
Agholor hasn’t played in a single preseason game this summer. He suffered some kind of lower body injury prior to the Eagles vs. Steelers game. Agholor was looking fantastic in camp prior to missing time. Really good to see he’s back healthy now, especially with Jeffery and Hollins (two out of the Eagles’ top four receivers) still out.
Clement played in the Eagles’ first preseason game but has been out since. Good to see him back as well.
Pumphrey will be making his Eagles preseason debut this Thursday, assuming his hamstring injury doesn’t flare up at the last minute once again. It’s going to be a big game for Pump. This could be his last chance to make his case for the Eagles to keep him. At the very least, it’s an opportunity for him to put some good tape out there in the hopes of catching on with another team.
Wheaton told the Daily News that he’s still a limited participant in practice. The 27-year-old vet seemed to be in good position to be the Eagles’ fifth or sixth receiver earlier this summer but his stock has dropped since then. Wheaton could end up getting beat out by DeAndre Carter.
I imagine the Eagles are just being extra cautious with Ajayi and getting him ready for the regular season.
Hollins got some work in during practice last week so it’s interesting to see him being held out today. Things could change but it doesn’t seem like he’ll play on Thursday evening.
Rodgers, who was described as “week-to-week” last week, might not be ready by Week 1. The Eagles might have to keep a fourth tight end on the 53-man roster.
Perkins could end up being that fourth tight end if he gets cleared to return from a head injury.
Treggs suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles-Patriots preseason game and probably won’t be able to play on Thursday.
Jeffery is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Doug Pederson offered no update on his status today. I don’t think Jeffery begins the regular season on PUP (so he won’t automatically miss six weeks) but I don’t know if he’s a lock to play Week 1.
No one seems to have an idea about when Jernigan could be back. He’ll begin the season on the Non-Football Injury list.
No word on Maragos’ recovery, either. It seems like he’ll begin the season on PUP.