The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions.
The Eagles ruled the following four players OUT: DeSean Jackson, Timmy Jernigan, Corey Clement, and Jordan Mailata.
Jackson wasn’t able to participate in practice this week. He’s reportedly expected to miss Week 4 in addition to this Sunday. The Eagles are obviously going to miss his deep threat ability. Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins are the Eagles’ best “field stretchers” with Jackson out.
Jernigan is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a foot injury. The Eagles will start Hassan Ridgeway next to Fletcher Cox in Jernigan’s place. Akeem Spence, who only signed with Philly last week, is the Eagles’ only defensive tackle behind Cox and Ridgeway. The Eagles could have their defensive ends (Brandon Graham? Vinny Curry?) see some more interior snaps.
Clement is expected to return in Week 4 or Week 5. Miles Sanders could be in line to return kicks during his absence. Clement being out means Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Darren Sproles are the Eagles’ only healthy running backs.
Mailata hasn’t been able to practice since leading up to the Eagles’ third preseason game. It’s unclear when the reserve offensive tackle will be able to return.
The Eagles ruled one player DOUBTFUL: Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Grugier-Hill was limited in practice all week. The starting linebacker and special teams captain said he’s targeting a Week 4 return. That’d be a nice boost for the Eagles’ defense.
The Eagles ruled three players QUESTIONABLE: Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, and Nate Sudfeld.
Jeffery did not participate in practice all week. It’s hard to imagine he’s really going to play, especially considering there are reports out there he could miss Week 4 as well. Jeffery being questionable seems to indicate he could have a better shot at playing against the Packers than Jackson does. But both players miss just miss both games. If Jeffery can’t play, the Eagles will be down to just Agholor, Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whitside at wide receiver. The team has until 4:00 PM ET on Saturday to promote Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster if they want to go that route.
Goedert did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he WAS limited on Friday. Maybe he’ll be able to play in a limited capacity. If not, the Eagles will be down to just Zach Ertz and Alex Ellis at tight end.
It’s interesting to see Sudfeld ruled questionable since he was a full participant in practice all week. I guess the Eagles are being extra cautious with him coming off his wrist injury, which makes sense. They could also be looking to delay making the decision on whether Sudfeld or Josh McCown is Carson Wentz’s top backup.
Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox, Johnathan Cyprien, Nathan Gerry, and Rudy Ford are all expected to play after previously being listed on the injury report earlier this week. Cyprien and Ford were notably limited on Friday.
Carson Wentz did not appear on the injury report at all this week despite the fact some thought he suffered a chest injury in Week 2.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
RB Corey Clement (shoulder)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
OT Jordan Mailata (back)
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)
TE Dallas Goedert (calf)
WR Alshon Jeffery (calf)
QB Nate Sudfeld (left wrist)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
CB Jalen Mills
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
DT Malik Jackson
DE Joe Ostman
DT Aziz Shittu
DETROIT LIONS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Lions listed all five players on their injury report — who were limited in Friday’ practice — as questionable to play. Real helpful. Thankfully, we have Pride Of Detroit to give us some more insight:
Of the five, Rashaan Melvin, Taylor Decker and Jarrad Davis seem most likely to play. Melvin is dealing with a knee injury that has been plaguing him since the beginning of the season, but he has yet to miss a game. After playing in the season opener, Decker missed last Sunday’s home opener due to a back injury. However, Decker looked active in Friday’s practice this week, whereas he took last week’s Friday practice mostly off.
As for Jarrad Davis, he has missed the first two games with an ankle injury. Davis continued his progression of doing more and more in practice this week, and head coach Matt Patricia sounded optimistic about his chances of playing this week.
Clearly, injuries are a much bigger issue for the Eagles than the Lions this weekend.
LB Jarrad Davis (ankle)
OT Taylor Decker (back)
DE Da’Shawn Hand (elbow)
CB Rashaan Melvin (knee)
S C.J. Moore (limited)
DE Austin Bryant
WR Jermaine Kearse
DT Darius Kilgo