But, if you look a little closer, the picture became a lot more injured than it first appeared.
First, you had Dallas Goedert sidelined with a calf injury during warmups — he had his helmet on and looked ready to play, but the team kept him as questionable and appeared more to be a “break glass in case of emergency” type situation.
Then, DeSean Jackson was evaluated by trainers, quarterback Carson Wentz took a big hit to the ribs at the end of the second offensive drive, and to end the third offensive drive, Jason Kelce seemed a bit confused and actually exited the field to the Atlanta sideline — Kelce was evaluated in the medical tent but did end up returning to the field (thankfully).
Notably, Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside saw a lot of snaps during the first quarter, which brought up, where is Alshon Jeffery? Apparently injured, also.
Injury Updates: WR Alshon Jeffrey (calf) and WR DeSean Jackson (groin) are questionable to return.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 16, 2019
So, this already sucks.
Luckily, the Eagles’ defense is firing on all cylinders, so hopefully they can keep their momentum and give the offense at least some cushion to pull off a win.
[UPDATE]: You can go ahead and add three more injuries to this list coming out of halftime, including two more on offense (Nelson Agholor and Corey Clement) and Timmy Jernigan on defense.
Injury Update: WR Nelson Agholor is being evaluated for a head injury.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 16, 2019
Injury Update: RB Corey Clement (shoulder) and DT Tim Jernigan (foot) are questionable to return.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 16, 2019