Eagles skill players Jordan Howard, Nelson Agholor, and Alshon Jeffery were all ruled questionable for Philadelphia’s Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks but now Adam Schefter is offering some more insight on these injuries. ESPN’s NFL insider reports Howard and Agholor are both “unlikely to play” on Sunday while Jeffery is “is expected to play.”
Howard was a limited participant in practice for the second week in a row as he recovers from a shoulder injury that’s apparently more complicated than the Eagles might lead us to believe.
BTW, strong sense that Jordan Howard’s “stinger” is more complicated than that.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) November 22, 2019
At least one #Eagles player who shall remain nameless believes Jordan Howard is dealing with more than just a stinger— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) November 22, 2019
Lane Johnson OUT Sunday. Sources say he’s progressing but will run out of time to pass concussion protocol— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 22, 2019
Jordan Howard QUESTIONABLE. Im told stinger is taking longer than normal. The strength hasn’t returned in shoulder area (nerves involved). He needs strength to carry pic.twitter.com/6KAirFnY32
Howard’s absence means the following three Eagles running backs will be active: Miles Sanders, Jay Ajayi, and Boston Scott. Sanders figures to handle the majority of running back touches but Ajayi should see an increased workload. After not taking a snap last Sunday, Ajayi now has a full week of practice under his belt. The guess here is the Jay Train is poised for something like five-to-eight total touches in his first game played since October 2018. Scott’s offensive role should be limited as well.
Agholor not playing makes sense considering he didn’t participate in practice at all this week due to a knee injury. Agholor hasn’t missed a game since he was benched during the 2016 season. Coincidentally enough, his numbers through 10 games this season aren’t all that dissimilar from back then. (Hmmm.) Agholor’s expected absence could be a case of addition by subtraction for the Eagles; he’s been an abject disaster on the field this year.
Jeffery is slated to play his first game since hurting his ankle in Week 9. Jeffery was limited in practice all week; he’s clearly playing at less than 100%.
Assuming Schefter’s report is true, the Eagles will have the following five wide receivers active for Sunday’s game: Jeffery, Jordan Matthews, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins, and Greg Ward. That’s not exactly the best group of weapons for Carson Wentz but here’s hoping JJAW and Ward can get some looks since they’re young and have showed potential. It’ll be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out considering JMatt played a lot more than JJAW last week but the latter was more effective.
The Eagles’ struggling offense should have opportunities to put up points against a Seahawks defense that’s a far cry from their Legion Of Boom days. Seattle ranks 24th in opponent yards per play and 21st in defensive DVOA this season.
The Eagles can’t merely count on their recently improved defense to totally shut down MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Philly’s offense is going to need to bounce back in order to pick up a critical win.