The following two Eagles players have been ruled out: Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles. Neither running back participated in practice this week. Ajayi is dealing with a back injury he suffered in Week 2 while Sproles is still recovering from a hamstring injury that occurred during practice last week.
With Ajayi and Sproles out, the Eagles’ backfield is down to just Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams. Making matters worse for the Eagles is that Clement was added to the injury report on Friday with a quad issue. The good news is that the Inquirer is reporting Clement should be OK for Sunday’s game. Otherwise, being down to just Smallwood and Adams is really bad. In either case, I think it’s fair to expect the Eagles to throw the ball a lot on Sunday.
Interestingly enough, Alshon Jeffery has not been ruled out for this week’s game; he’s questionable. It still doesn’t seem like he’s likely to play considering he was limited in practice all week and Doug Pederson said he still hasn’t been cleared for contact. But the fact he at least has a chance to play is encouraging and bodes well for his status moving forward.
Assuming Jeffery CAN’T play, the Eagles will be down to just Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken, Shelton Gibson, and Jordan Matthews at wide receiver. In other words, the Eagles will be without three of their top four receivers. Not ideal!
I found Pederson’s comment about JMatt on Friday kind of interesting:
Not exactly effusive praise there.
Moving on, Jason Peters has also been ruled questionable to play. He was a full participant in Friday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Both Pederson and then Peters himself have said he’s going to play this weekend. Hopefully he’ll be able to stay in the game unlike last week.
Kamu Grugier-Hill is questionable to play after being added to the injury report on Friday. The Eagles’ special teams captain and weakside linebacker is dealing with a groin issue. Hopefully he’ll be ready.
Last, but certainly not least, Carson Wentz was not listed on the report which means he’s officially good to go for Sunday. Great to know that No. 11 will be back under center on Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
RB Jay Ajayi (back)
RB Darren Sproles (groin)
WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder)
OT Jason Peters (quad)
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (groin)
RB Corey Clement (quad)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
S Chris Maragos
DT Timmy Jernigan
CB Elie Bouka
WR Mack Hollins
CB D.J. Killings
TE Richard Rodgers
TE Gannon Sinclair
WR Mike Wallace
OT Toby Weathersby
LB Paul Worrilow
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Colts officially ruled out four starters: left tackle Anthony Castonzo, tight end Jack Doyle, running back Marlon Mack, and defensive lineman Denico Autry. Hassan Ridgeway and Quincy Wilson were also ruled out. Wilson is a key role player for the Colts who has played 71.4% of the team’s snaps so far.
Indy’s pass protection takes a hit with Castonzo and Doyle, a blocking tight end who played 95% of the Colts’ offensive snaps through the first two weeks, both missing this game. The Eagles’ defensive line should have ample opportunities to win up front and create pressure on Andrew Luck with Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg starting at the offensive tackle positions.
Starting safety Clayton Geathers is listed as questionable. He sat out on Wednesday and practiced in full on Thursday but ended up not practicing again on Friday. Weird week for him. Bad news for the Colts’ secondary if he can’t suit up.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton returned to practice on Friday after sitting out on both Wednesday and Thursday. He’s not listed on the injury report so he’ll be playing, as expected.
DT Denico Autry (ankle)
OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring)
TE Jack Doyle (hip)
RB Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring)
DT Hassan Ridgeway (calf)
CB Quincy Wilson (concussion)
S Clayton Geathers (knee, elbow)
CB Chris Milton (concussion)
OG Jack Mewhort
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER
RB Robert Turbin
WR Deon Cain
DT Johnathan Calvin
S Chris Cooper
CB Robert Jackson
QB Brad Kaaya
DL Tyquan Lewis
S Ronald Martin
S Robenson Therezie
TE Ross Travis
OT J’Marcus Webb
WR James Wright