The Eagles ruled the following five players OUT: DeSean Jackson, Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, Timmy Jernigan, and Alex Ellis. None of these players participated in practice this week.
Jackson’s absence means Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Mack Hollins will start at wide receiver. The Eagles shouldn’t need Jackson’s big play ability to beat the Jets but they are going to need him back with a three-game road trip coming up. There’s been some buzz that Jackson might not be ready for Week 6 but we’ll have to see how practice goes for him next week.
Darby and Maddox being out means the Eagles are down to four corners for Sunday: Sidney Jones (more on him later), Rasul Douglas, Orlando Scandrick, and Craig James. Jones could be gimpy since he’s dealing with a hamstring but he figures to start on the outside across from Douglas. Scandrick seems primed to replace Maddox’s slot role. James made a huge play in Green Bay but he could be limited to special teams duty this week. Maybe James sees some rotational defensive snaps, especially with Jones less than 100%.
Jernigan is expected to be two-to-four weeks from returning. In the meantime, Fletcher Cox, Hassan Ridgeway, and Akeem Spence are the team’s three defensive tackles. The Eagles really need Cox to regain peak form.
Ellis being out means Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are the only two healthy tight ends for this week’s game. It also hurts the Eagles’ special teams depth. To be determined if the Eagles will promote Joshua Perkins from the practice squad. [UPDATE: The Eagles waived/injured Ellis.]
The aforementioned Sidney Jones is officially QUESTIONABLE for Sunday’s game. Jones was limited in practice all week. Doug Pederson said he expects Jones to play, however, and the Eagles’ lack of roster moves at corner line up with that. If Jones has some sort of setback, the Eagles would be down to just Douglas, Scandrick, and James. Yikes! [UPDATE: The Eagles promoted practice squad cornerback Ryan Lewis to the roster, which might not be a good sign for Jones’ status.]
Jason Peters was limited on Thursday and Friday but is expected to play this week, per Pederson. Derek Barnett was full go on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.
Note that Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills can be activated from PUP as soon as Week 7. Cre’Von LeBlanc can be activated from IR as soon as Week 9.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
TE Alex Ellis (knee)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
CB Jalen Mills
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
DT Malik Jackson
OT Jordan Mailata
DE Joe Ostman
DT Aziz Shittu
NEW YORK JETS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold is OUT for Sunday’s game. With No. 2 quarterback Trevor Siemian on injured reserve, it’ll be third string passer Luke Falk who starts against the Eagles. Not an ideal situation.
Starting outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins is also OUT. Jenkins is the only Jets edge rusher/defensive lineman with at least one sack this season.
Starting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and starting left guard Kelechi Osemele are DOUBTFUL to play. Neither player participated in Jets practice this week.
Wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Demaryius Thomas are both questionable after being limited in practice this week. No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams is expected to play for the first time since Week 1.
Jets starting tight end Chris Herndon is serving the final game of his four-game suspension.
QB Sam Darnold (illness)
LB Jordan Jenkins (calf)
LB C.J. Mosley (groin)
OG Kelechi Osemele (shoulder, knee)
WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder)
TE Dan Brown (ankle)
WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring)
DL Quinnen Williams (ankle)
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER
LB Brandon Copeland
TE Chris Herndon
DL Nathan Shepherd
CB Bless Austin
RB Jalin Moore
WR Quincy Enunwa
DL John Franklin-Myers
OL Brent Qvale
QB Trevor Siemian
LB Avery Williamson