The Philadelphia Eagles suffered approximately 10 billion injuries during Sunday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Doug Pederson didn’t offer much in the terms of injury updates during his Monday presser but several media reports have since emerged regarding the status of various Eagles players. Let’s take a look at what’s being said.
Not the most encouraging update from Ian Rapoport:
#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is dealing with a calf strain, source said, following Sunday night football. It’s not major, but with two games in 10 days, the timing is bad. His status for those is in some doubt.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
It sounds like the Eagles could be without Jeffery for at least the team’s Week 3 game against the Lions. He might not be able to recover in time for the Eagles’ Week 4 Thursday Night Football game against the Packers in Green Bay.
Jeffery’s absence could mean more playing time for Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Hollins turned in a decent effort against the Falcons while JJ struggled to get on the same page as Carson Wentz.
John Clark said Jackson is “hoping to play” against the Lions this week. Mike Garafolo provided a less optimistic outlook:
Haven’t heard anything from on DeSean Jackson’s status for Sunday vs. the #Lions but if the #Eagles were without him as well, I wouldn’t be shocked at all. https://t.co/LYJM8wdMDF— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2019
Jackson tweeted this on Monday evening, if it means anything:
Tough one not to be out there wit my brothers !! Ima bounce bac ASAP !! https://t.co/JG4V34PNZy— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) September 16, 2019
There’s a case to be made Jackson is the Eagles’ most important player outside of Wentz. They’ll certainly be missing his big play ability if he can’t suit up.
If Jeffery and Jackson both can’t play, the Eagles will be down to just three healthy receivers on their 53-man roster. The team could look to promote Greg Ward from the practice squad. Or they could re-sign Jordan Matthews, who is on the free agent market. Mike Wallace is also out there.
There’s been no reported recovery timeline for Goedert as of this original publish. Pederson said the following about Goedert, who experienced a calf issue during the Eagles’ pregame warmups:
We evaluated Dallas. Obviously, he was feeling something there, and so we evaluated him during pregame. Just decided to hold him at that point.
Pederson did also confirm that Goedert’s calf injury is related to the one he suffered during the team’s first preseason game. That injury caused Goedert to miss the rest of the summer ahead of Week 1.
Clement was seen leaving Atlanta wearing a sling. Rapoport says Clement could miss a game or two before returning:
#Eagles RB Corey Clement, knocked out with a shoulder injury yesterday, had an MRI today and is likely out a week or two, I’m told. The team will know more later in the week, but that’s the early read.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
Clement logged zero offensive touches in his first two games of the season but he was serving as the team’s primary kick returner. We’ll see if he gets that job back following his costly fumble. Miles Sanders will probably be the Eagles’ kick returner while Clement recovers.
Pro Football Talk originally reported that the Eagles fear Timmy Jernigan is out for the season but then said it’s only a four-to-six week injury. NFL Network and NBC10 also reported Jernigan is expected to miss at least a month. It’ll be interesting to see if the Eagles put him on injured reserve or not.
Note: The Eagles will issue their first official Week 3 injury report following Wednesday’s practice.