The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Six players have been ruled OUT: Avonte Maddox, DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham, Timmy Jernigan, and Darren Sproles.
Maddox actually made some progress on Friday by practicing for the first time since Andrew Sendejo injured him in Week 4. Perhaps Maddox will be able to play in Week 9 against the Bears? The Eagles could use him back in the slot.
Man that felt good today.— Avonte Maddox (@2live_AM) October 25, 2019
Jackson hasn’t suited up since he briefly played in Week 2. The Eagles will continue to miss his big play ability as they trot out the extremely non-threatening group of Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. It sounds like there’s some hope Jackson might be able to practice a little next week?
Doug on DeSean:— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 25, 2019
“He’s another one that’s getting close. Obviously, he’s been running and progressing. We’ll see where he’s at today with his rehab. Hopefully we can get him, maybe, on the grass next week and see. But, again, as I mentioned before, I don’t want to rush him back.”
Peters being out again means Andre Dillard will make his second career start at left tackle. The Eagles’ 2019 first-round pick will look to improve upon last week’s performance in Dallas.
Bradham is missing his second straight game. The Eagles will once again be down to Nathan Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley, and Alex Singleton at linebacker. Philly’s linebackers struggled against the Cowboys and it’s not hard to imagine the Bills will be targeting them as well.
Jernigan might be back by Week 11 at the latest. Until then, the Eagles are down to Fletcher Cox, Anthony Rush, and Albert Huggins at defensive tackle. Rush and Huggins have never played a regular season NFL snap and were only added to the 53-man roster earlier this week. Pederson suggested the Eagles might promote practice squad member Bruce Hector — who has only played 82 career defensive snaps — as a fourth defensive tackle. Needless to say, the Eagles are extremely thin on the defensive interior.
Sproles hasn’t played since Week 5. The Eagles are down to Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Boston Scott while he’s out.
No other players are listed on the injury report, which means Ronald Darby is set to make his first start since getting hurt in Week 3. Darby will start opposite of Jalen Mills. It’s unclear who will play at nickel cornerback, though it could be Sidney Jones. Pederson refused to divulge the answer when asked about it. We do know it sure as hell won’t be Orlando Scandrick!
Note that Eagles cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc is eligible to be activated from injured reserve as soon as Week 9. Pederson had the following to say about Strap on Friday:
“He’s close. He’s working really hard off on the side with [Director of Rehabilitation] Shireen [Mansoori, DPT, OCS] and the medical team. He’s close to coming back, and again, just want to make sure that he’s 100 percent, but he’s getting there.”
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle, illness)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
RB Darren Sproles (quad)
RB Corey Clement
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
DT Malik Jackson
OT Jordan Mailata
DE Joe Ostman
DT Hassan Ridgeway
BUFFALO BILLS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Bills are healthier than the Eagles.
Starting wide receiver Duke Williams and starting linebacker Matt Milano are both questionable to play after being limited in practice all week. Sean McDermott said both of those guys will be game-time decisions.
Backup cornerback Kevin Johnson and backup linebacker Corey Thompson are also questionable to play after being limited all week.
Former Eagles safety and current Bills backup Kurt Coleman missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before being limited on Friday. He’s questionable to suit up.
S Kurt Coleman (hamstring)
CB Kevin Johnson (neck)
LB Matt Milano (hamstring)
LB Corey Thompson (ankle)
WR Duke Williams (shoulder)
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER
LB Tyrel Dodson
TE Jason Croom
LB Vosean Joseph
DE Mike Love
DT Harrison Phillips
OT LaAdrian Waddle