Two players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in Wednesday’s practice: starting right tackle Lane Johnson and starting wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
Johnson’s still in the mandatory concussion protocol. He can’t return until he’s been cleared by an independent doctor. Johnson’s potential absence certainly doesn’t bode well for the Eagles’ chances of winning this week given how they’ve struggled without him in the past. Doug Pederson said the Eagles are preparing Andre Dillard to start at right tackle if Johnson can’t play. Dillard didn’t get many offseason reps on the right side so there’s a learning curve for the rookie.
Agholor was holding his knee after failing to catch the game-tying touchdown on Sunday. He was on the field for the team’s final series so it’s not like he was hurt so bad he couldn’t play after getting banged up. Perhaps the injury worsened after the game? Or the Eagles are avoiding directly benching Agholor by having him take his time recovering from his injury? If Agholor can’t play, the Eagles could look to call up Greg Ward from the practice squad.
Four players were LIMITED in Wednesday’s practice: starting running back Jordan Howard, starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, starting left tackle Jason Peters, and role player safety Rudy Ford.
Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contract, according to Pederson. If Howard can’t play this weekend, the Eagles could look to get Jay Ajayi more involved.
Jeffery didn’t practice at all last week so it’s a positive sign that he was at least limited today. Still unclear if he’ll play Sunday. If Jeffery and Agholor are both out, the Eagles will be down to just Jordan Matthews, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Mack Hollins at wide receiver. Ward would likely get the practice squad call up in that scenario.
Peters only missed a few snaps against the Patriots; he should be able to play this week.
Ford saw 15 defensive snaps (20%) as a third safety in the Patriots game. We’ll have to see if he’s healthy enough to resume that role this week.
One player was notably listed as a FULL participant in Wednesday’s practice: Nigel Bradham.
The Eagles’ starting middle linebacker is on pace to play for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 6. Good to see. Bradham’s return to the field will mean a decrease in playing time for Nathan Gerry.
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
WR Nelson Agholor (knee)
OT Lane Johnson (concussion)
S Rudy Ford (abdomen)
RB Jordan Howard (shoulder)
WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle)
OT Jason Peters (knee)
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Seahawks have a lot of players listed on their injury report but the same was true for their Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers and no key players missed that game. Guessing that’ll be the case again this week, especially with Seattle coming off a Week 11 bye. Tyler Lockett is the most noteworthy injury but the Seahawks are optimistic about him being able to play.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Duane Brown (knee/biceps)
DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee/hip)
TE Luke Willson (hamstring)
RB Chris Carson (not injured related)
S Quandre Diggs (hamstring)
TE Jacob Hollister (not injury related)
OG Mike Iupati (not injury related/foot)
DE Quinton Jefferson (hip/ankle)
WR Tyler Lockett (shin)
K Jason Myers (right hip)
DT Jarran Reed (ankle/groin)
LB Bobby Wagner (not injury related)
DT Al Woods (not injury related)
LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)
S Lano Hill (elbow)
WR Josh Gordon (ankle)
QB Russell Wilson (hamstring)