The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 17 game against the New York Giants. Note that today’s report is only an estimation since the team had off for Christmas (no practice).
Three players were listed as DID NOT PARTICIPATE: starting tight end Zach Ertz, starting right tackle Lane Johnson, and starting wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
Ertz is dealing with a fractured rib that he suffered in Week 16. Here’s what NFL insider Mike Garafolo had to say about Ertz’s status on Tuesday:
“Look, there’s a lot that goes into this more so than just pain management. You know Zach Ertz, you know what he’s going to do, he’s going to tell the team: ‘Yes, I’m good, I can play, I can play through any pain that I have.’ My understanding is that he’s already trying to do that. But what are ribs? Ribs are meant to protect things that are not as solid as ribs, things that are softer, things that are more vital. So, the Eagles are really going to take a hard look at this and say if he goes back out on the field based on all of the tests, all of the imaging that we have taken. Is he going to put himself at further risk for more than just the bone there? For the vital organs there? So, I don’t have anybody ruling him out or in just yet based on the sources I’ve spoken to, but I’ve got more people saying ‘Don’t bank on him being out there’ on Sunday against the Giants more than people saying ‘Yeah, he’s going to play through it.’
Former NFL team doctor David Chao seems more optimistic about Ertz’s outlook.
Good info here from @MikeGarafolo but I would still lean towards @ZERTZ_86 playing despite broken ribs.— David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc) December 24, 2019
A) he already played with the ribs broken vs Cowboys
B) @Eagles short pass catchers and need to win.
c) that is just who he is. https://t.co/P3ZlMbQ0Hg
Here’s what Garafolo had to say today:
#Eagles list TE Zach Ertz (ribs) as not practicing today in an injury-report estimate because there was no practice today. Word is Ertz is pushing hard to play but we’ll see if he gets the green light from docs and athletic trainers.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 25, 2019
The Eagles re-signed Richard Rodgers on Tuesday so the team clearly put a contingency plan in place if Ertz can’t play. Even if he does suit up, maybe he’d just be something of a decoy. We’ll have to see how he continues to progress throughout the week.
The guess here is that Johnson won’t play this week and it’ll be Halapoulivaati Vaitai starting at right tackle once again. Maybe Lane could be back for the first playoff game, assuming the Eagles clinch?
WR Nelson Agholor and T Lane Johnson also listed as DNP. No indications either will be back this week, though the hope is Johnson can be back for the playoffs, should the #Eagles get there.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 25, 2019
Agholor is probably going to be out again. The team promoted practice squad wide receiver Deontay Burnett on Tuesday.
Six players were listed as LIMITED PARTICIPANTS: Jordan Howard, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Derek Barnett, and Jalen Mills.
Howard is reportedly set to play on Sunday for the first time since Week 9. Interesting to see he’s still only being listed as limited, though.
Cox and Brooks were both limited in last week’s practices before playing. They should be good to go against the Giants.
JJAW is expected to play based on Doug Pederson’s comments from Monday. If the rookie can’t suit up, the Eagles’ three wide receivers would be Greg Ward, Robert Davis, and the aforementioned Deontay Burnett.
Barnett should be able to play again after returning to the lineup against Dallas.
Pederson made it sound like Mills should be able to start this week. If he can’t, the Eagles will be starting Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones at cornerback.
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)
TE Zach Ertz (rib)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (foot)
DE Derek Barnett (ankle)
OG Brandon Brooks (calf)
DT Fletcher Cox (triceps)
RB Jordan Howard (shoulder)
CB Jalen Mills (ankle)
NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The Giants also put out an estimated injury report since they also had the day off.
New York has some significant names on their report: starting right tackle Mike Remmers, starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, starting outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and starting slot cornerback Corey Ballentine were all listed as did not participate.
Starting tight end Rhett Ellison and starting rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton — who torched the Eagles back in Week 14 — were both listed as limited.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Corey Ballentine (back)
LB Lorenzo Carter (knee)
LB Alec Ogletree (back)
OT Mike Remmers (concussion)
CB Sam Beal (shoulder)
TE Rhett Ellison (concussion/non-contact)
OG Nick Gates (shoulder)
WR Darius Slayton (knee)