The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Week 7 Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Let’s start by noting Jalen Mills said he expects to start and play this week. Mills isn’t listed on the injury report since he’s still on the reserve/physically unable to perform list as of this original publish time. The Eagles have an open roster spot so they’ll likely officially activate him later today. Mills is playing in his first game since October 2018 so he figures to be a pitch count, as Doug Pederson suggested he would be.
Six players have been ruled OUT: DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham, Avonte Maddox, Timmy Jernigan, and Darren Sproles.
There was previously “big hope” that Jackson could play this week but that was clearly for naught as Jackson wasn’t even able to practice at all. Jackson hasn’t suited up since Week 2 and the Eagles have missed his big play ability. Jackson’s absence means the Eagles are once again down to Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside at wide receiver.
Peters being out means 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard will make his first NFL start at left tackle. The rookie has a big task in front of him as he faces Robert Quinn, who has five sacks in four games this season.
With Bradham out, the following Eagles linebackers will be active: Nathan Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill, T.J. Edwards, Alex Singleton, and Duke Riley. Gerry and Grugier-Hill figure to be the two primary starters with the former making the calls at middle linebacker. Edwards, an undrafted rookie free agent, could also get thrown into the mix. Big task for the linebackers as they try to limit to contain Ezekiel Elliott.
Maddox still hasn’t successfully passed through the mandatory concussion protocol. Former Cowboys defender Orlando Scandrick figures to be the Eagles’ nickel cornerback. Hopefully he doesn’t prove to be a sleeper agent.
Jernigan will miss his fourth straight game but could be back within a week or two. In the meantime, the Eagles are down to Fletcher Cox, Hassan Ridgeway, and Akeem Spence at defensive tackle.
Sproles was seen doing some conditioning work on Friday, which seems like a positive sign. Until he returns, though, the Eagles will have just three running backs active: Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Boston Scott.
One player has been ruled QUESTONABLE: Ronald Darby.
Darby was a limited participant in practice all week. There seems to be some optimism that he can play. If he does, Darby and Mills will likely be the starters with Rasul Douglas and/or Sidney Jones potentially rotating in.
Note that Eagles cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc is eligible to be activated from injured reserve as soon as Week 9.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
RB Darren Sproles (quad)
CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
CB Jalen Mills
RB Corey Clement
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
DT Malik Jackson
OT Jordan Mailata
DE Joe Ostman
DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Cowboys only ruled one player out: starting cornerback Anthony Brown.
The Cowboys ruled eight players questionable: starting wide receiver Amari Cooper, starting left tackle Tyron Smith, starting right tackle La’el Collins, starting right guard Zack Martin, starting slot receiver Randall Cobb, starting cornerback Byron Jones, backup defensive end Dorance Armstrong, and backup center Joe Looney.
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports all of the Cowboys’ questionable players are expected to play against the Eagles, barring any setbacks.
It’s certainly not good for the Eagles if Cooper plays. He killed them last year. One must wonder how long he’ll be able to play, though, after he had to remove himself after only playing three snaps last week.
The Cowboys getting Smith and Collins back would obviously be a big boost for their offensive line.
CB Anthony Brown (hamstring)
DE Dorance Armstrong (neck)
WR Randall Cobb (back)
OT La’el Collins (knee)
WR Amari Cooper (ankle/quad)
CB Byron Jones (hamstring)
C Joe Looney (back)
OG Zack Martin (back/ankle)
OT Tyron Smith (ankle)
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER
DE Randy Gregory
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
WR Noah Brown
DL Tyrone Crawford
S Kavon Frazier
DE Jalen Jelks
WR Jon’Vea Johnson
DT Daniel Ross
CB Chris Westry
OG Cody Wichmann