The good news is the Eagles are generally healthier coming off their bye week.
The bad news is the Eagles could still be without some key players this weekend.
Alshon Jeffery and Nigel Bradham both missed today’s practice.
Jeffery suffered an ankle injury late during the Eagles’ Week 9 game against the Bears. Prior to practice, Doug Pederson said Jeffery is “still store” and described the veteran pass catcher (or pass dropper) as “kind of day-to-day right now.” Excluding DeSean Jackson, who will obviously miss this week’s game, Jeffery has easily been the Eagles’ best receiver this season. Of course, that isn’t really saying much. If Jeffery can’t play, the Eagles will be down to just Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside against the Patriots.
On the topic of receivers, here’s a look at their abysmal stats from the last six games! Okay, that was just a joke at my own expense. But, for real, here’s an interesting practice development:
Interesting to note: both Pederson and Groh actively coaching receivers during individual drills. Groh in particular involved, animated.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) November 13, 2019
Probably not the best week for Carson Walch’s stock.
Bradham hasn’t played since Week 6. Pederson had the following to say about Bradham’s status: “He is feeling better, so again [I’m] optimistic that there’s a chance for this game.” If Bradham can’t suit up against the Patriots, Nathan Gerry will once again be the Eagles’ primary linebacker with Kamu Grugier-Hill and T.J. Edwards also seeing some playing time.
Jordan Howard and Jason Peters were limited participants in practice.
Howard is a somewhat unexpected appearance on the injury report. He did get banged up in the Bears game. Hopefully the Eagles are just taking it easy with him because they’re going to need to heavily rely on their run game down the stretch.
Pederson confirmed that Peters, who returned to practice for the first time since Week 6, had his knee scoped during the bye. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland left no doubt that Peters — not Andre Dillard — is still the starter at left tackle when healthy enough to play.
Timmy Jernigan, Darren Sproles, Avonte Maddox, and Josh Sweat are notably not on the injury report this week after appearing on the Week 9 version. Especially good to see Jernigan could be ready for a bigger role playing next to Fletcher Cox, who has been rounding into form.
Cre’Von LeBlanc is still on injured reserve despite being eligible to be activated since Week 9. Perhaps the fact the Eagles haven’t yet begun his 21-day practice window indicates he’s not super close to returning?
We’ll learn more abut the team’s injury situation when they put out their second injury report on Thursday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle)
WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle)
RB Jordan Howard (shoulder)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Patriots are relatively healthy coming off their bye.
Patriots backup safety and special teams contributor Nate Ebner missed practice due to ankle and back injuries.
Patriots starting safety (and former Eagles starting safety) Patrick Chung was limited. Same goes for starting tight end Matt LaCosse and starting defensive tackle Danny Shelton.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DB Nate Ebner (ankle, back)
S Patrick Chung (heel, chest)
TE Matt LaCosse (knee)
DL Danny Shelton (ankle)