After being limited on Wednesday, both Shelton Gibson and Darren Sproles did not practice at all on Thursday. That doesn’t seem like a good sign for their chances of playing on Sunday.
It also seems to explain why the Eagles re-signed Kamar Aiken and worked out some free agent players with return ability earlier this week. Gibson is the team’s primary kick returner and Sproles is the primary punt returner. If these guys can’t suit up, I’d imagine it’ll be Corey Clement taking kickoffs and DeAndre Carter filling in for Sproles on punts.
When it comes to potentially replacing Sproles on offense, we could see more of Clement there as well. Clement only played 13 offensive snaps against the Falcons in Week 1 while Sproles played 29. Jay Ajayi could also be in line for some more touches while Wendell Smallwood will likely play more than the mere one snap he saw against Atlanta.
Replacing Gibson won’t require a huge change from last week considering he only played four snaps. The Eagles mostly went with Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, and Carter as their three primary receivers in Week 1. If Gibson can’t play, Philadelphia will only have FOUR receivers active against the Bucs: those three guys plus Aiken. That’s certainly not an ideal situation, though it may help that Tampa Bay could be without both of their starting cornerbacks.
Speaking of receivers, Alshon Jeffery was limited for the second day in a row. He’s still not expected to be back by Week 3 at the earliest. Jeffery has only been doing individual drill work so far; he’s not participating in 11-on-11 yet. It’ll be nice to get him back whenever he is ready to return.
And finally, Carson Wentz was a limited participant again. No surprise there with Nick Foles set to start on Sunday. I’ll remind you here that there are some signs pointing to a Week 3 Wentz return.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)
WR Shelton Gibson (knee)
QB Carson Wentz (knee)
WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
DeSean Jackson and Jason Pierre-Paul returned to practice on Thursday after both sitting out on Wednesday. They were both limited, however. It’s worth noting that Jackson must be cleared by an independent doctor in order to pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Starting cornerback Brent Grimes still isn’t practicing. It seems like Tampa Bay will indeed be without two of their starting cornerbacks against the Eagles.
Rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea missed practice for the second day in a row. Looks like he won’t be playing on Sunday. That hurts the Bucs’ d-line depth.
Bucs offensive line starters Donovan Smith and Caleb Benenoch were limited for the second day in a row. There’s been no indication they won’t play.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Brent Grimes (groin)
DT Vita Vea (calf)
WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
OT Donovan Smith (knee)
OG Caleb Benenoch (knee)