Jim Schwartz used a lot of dime defense in Week 1 so the Eagles really only had Nigel Bradham in as their primary linebacker. Bradham played 100% of the team’s defensive snaps. The next closest linebacker was Zach Brown, who played 43%. Then Nathan Gerry at 3%. I imagine we’ll see a similar configuration with Grugier-Hill out this week. Kamu figures to cut into Brown’s playing time once he’s back healthy.
Mailata’s absence means the Eagles will probably go with their same setup as last week. Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson are the five starters. Andre Dillard and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are the top two backups. Dillard will see playing time as an extra blocker, especially now that the Eagles have only two tight ends on the 53-man roster. Brooks isn’t expected to be on a pitch count like he was in Week 1 so the Eagles will hope Vaitai doesn’t have to come into the game. Mailata might very well be inactive on game day even when he gets healthy.
With the Eagles placing Malik Jackson on injured reserve earlier this week, Timmy Jernigan is slated to start next to Cox. Hassan Ridgeway and the newly signed Akeem Spence will also get playing time in the defensive tackle rotation.
Jalen Mills won’t be able to come off the PUP list until after Week 6.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
QB Nate Sudfeld (wrist)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
CB Jalen Mills
ATLANTA FALCONS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
Atlanta will be starting journeyman Jamon Brown at right guard in place of injured 2019 first-round pick Chris Lindstrom. Brown was a healthy scratch last week. Cox should be able to take advantage of him.
The Falcons listed one player out: swing tackle Matt Gono. That hurts Atlanta’s offensive line depth.
Wide receiver Russell Gage — who saw two target before getting hurt in Week 1 — is questionable to play. He’s listed with concussion and hamstring injuries.
Former Eagles running back Kenjon Barner was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday. He’s good to go.
OT Matt Gono (back)
WR Russell Gage (concussion, hamstring)
DT Ra’Shede Hageman