The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The big news is that Sidney Jones returned to practice as a full participant after being limited all last week and not playing in Week 5. Jones should be on track to start across from Rasul Douglas on Sunday. Those two will be tasked with covering Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Craig James will go back to the bench.
Seven players did not participate in Wednesday’s practice: DeSean Jackson, Orlando Scandrick, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, and Timmy Jernigan.
Jackson is reportedly set to return at some point between Week 7 through Week 9. The Eagles offense sorely misses his speed. Philadelphia will once again be down to Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside at wide receiver this week.
Scandrick missed practice due to illness. Guessing he should be fine to be the Eagles’ slot corner this week, assuming he didn’t catch mono from Sam Darnold.
Darren Sproles was described as “week-to-week” by Doug Pederson on Monday. So, who knows when the 36-year-old running back will be back. Sproles’ injury means the Eagles will have a new punt returner. Pederson declined to reveal who’ll be returning punts for the Eagles but Clement and Agholor figure to be the most likely candidates. The Eagles could opt to promote practice squad receiver Marcus Green, since he has punt return experience. Boston Scott does not have much punt return experience and he really struggled in that capacity during the preseason.
Clement surprisingly missed practice due to a shoulder injury. Did he re-injure the shoulder he originally hurt in Week 2? Not good. If healthy, Clement is poised to contribute more on both offense and special teams with Sproles out. If Clement’s hurt, though, the Eagles will need to make a move at running back to have a third guy behind Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. For what it’s worth, Clement told Dave Zangaro he’ll be back at practice on Thursday.
Darby and Maddox are still on the mend. Darby’s recovering from a hamstring issue while Maddox still isn’t out of his neck brace. Maybe they’ll be ready for Week 7 but that’s no sure bet.
Jernigan is three weeks in to his reported four-to-six week recovery timeline, so, he should be back in one-to-three weeks.
Two players were limited participants: Rodney McLeod and Jason Peters.
McLeod’s a new addition to the injury report. He’s been playing well coming off the ACL/MCL injuries he suffered in September 2018. One would hope the Eagles are just being cautious with the veteran safety.
Peters was added to the injury report last week but didn’t miss many snaps against the Jets. The Eagles are managing the 37-year-old’s workload this week to ensure he can suit up on Sunday.
Derek Barnett isn’t on the injury report for the first time all season. He’d previously been listed with shoulder, ankle, and groin injuries.
We’ll learn more abut the team’s injury situation when they put out their second injury report tomorrow afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Corey Clement (shoulder)
CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
CB Orlando Scandrick (illness)
RB Darren Sproles (quad)
S Rodney McLeod (knee)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Vikings starting right guard Josh Kline missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury. Weakside linebacker Ben Gedeon also sat out.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Ben Gedeon (concussion)
DT Linval Joseph (not injury related)
OG Josh Kline (foot)
CB Mackensie Alexander (elbow, groin)
LB Kentrell Brothers (hamstring, wrist)
TE Irv Smith Jr. (quad)
DT Shamar Stephen (knee)