The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Monday in advance of their Week 4 Thursday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers. Note that this report is merely an estimation because the Eagles held a walk-through instead of a real practice.
Let’s start with the six players who are listed under DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DeSean Jackson, Ronald Darby, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Timmy Jernigan, and Andre Dillard.
It was previously reported that Jackson is supposed to miss this week’s game. The hope is he can return in Week 5. The Eagles will be missing his deep threat element once again.
Darby is reportedly expected to miss a few games due to his hamstring issue. His injury leaves Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, and Avonte Maddox as the only three healthy corners on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.
It’s unclear when Arcega-Whiteside got injured because he didn’t leave the game on Sunday. JJAW’s really struggled over the past two weeks but the Eagles can’t be affording more receiver injuries when their top two guys are already banged up.
Jernigan is reportedly expected to miss three-to-week fives. The fact the Eagles haven’t put him on injured reserve shows you the team has some level of optimism that he can return soonish.
Dillard suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s loss but Doug Pederson said the rookie left tackle is “okay.” Hard to always take those comments at face value so we’ll have to see how Dillard progresses this week.
Four Eagles players were listed under LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, Derek Barnett, and Nathan Gerry.
Jeffery didn’t play in Week 3 due to a calf issue. Pederson said he’s “opportunistic” (sic) that Jeffery will play against the Packers. Jeffery didn’t do any kind of pregame workout prior to the Lions game so it’s hard to believe he’ll be close to 100% even if he does play. Jeffery might only play in a limited capacity on Thursday.
Goedert only logged nine offensive snaps against the Lions. Maybe the Eagles will be able to increase his workload in Green Bay but — as with Jeffery — it’s hard to imagine he’ll be 100%.
Barnett was listed on the injury report with a shoulder in Week 1 and Week 2. Now he’s dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 3. Barnett came back into the game so one would expect he should be able to play on Thursday night. Not great to have a starting defensive end hampered when the pass rush hasn’t been good enough to begin with.
Gerry, who isn’t very good, should be able to play this week.
Two players were listed under FULL PARTICIPATION: Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Sudfeld.
Grugier-Hill told reporters last week that he expected to play aganist the Packers. It’s good to see he’s on track to return. Grugier-Hill was having a great training camp before getting hurt in early August. Perhaps he can help provide the defense with a spark? His presence should also help out on special teams.
Sudfeld was active for Sunday’s game so he’s clearly ready to play if needed. It’s still not perfectly clear if it’ll be Sudfeld or Josh McCown who comes in at quarterback if Carson Wentz gets hurt. The Eagles had all three passers active against Detroit.
Fletcher Cox isn’t listed on the Eagles’ injury report after previously being listed last week. Cox failed to record a single stat in the team’s Week 3 loss but Pederson said he’s not concerned about Cox’s health.
“I think you have to look back too at [Brandon Graham] a year ago. BG missed a few games and it took him a couple weeks to kind of get his legs. I think Fletcher, he’s coming [along] and I’m not concerned with him at all. I’m excited actually of where he’s at health-wise and how he’s practicing and things like that. He’s obviously a top defender, top player for us, and I think his best ball’s ahead of him.”
The Eagles will issue a second injury report on Tuesday before the third and final injury report is published on Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (MONDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (heel)
RB Corey Clement (shoulder)
CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
OT Andre Dillard (knee)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)
DE Derek Barnett (ankle)
LB Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)
TE Dallas Goedert (calf)
WR Alshon Jeffery (calf)
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)
QB Nate Sudfeld (left wrist)
GREEN BAY PACKERS INJURY REPORT (MONDAY)
Here’s the skinny on the Packers’ injury report from our SB Nation associates over at Acme Packing Company:
Of the non-participants, one is tight end Jimmy Graham, who fought through an injury to play on Sunday. However, his play raised questions of whether he should have done so, as his only play of consequence was receiving a penalty for holding.
The limited participants are a long and notable list. Among those players are critical defensive starters — Kenny Clark and Blake Martinez — as well as the Packers’ two veteran running backs in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. An absence for any of those players on Thursday would be a bad sign against an Eagles team that has a strong offensive line and run game as well as a stout defensive front.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Montravius Adams (shoulder)
LB Oren Burks (chest)
TE Jimmy Graham (groin/quadricep)
OT Bryan Bulaga (shoulder)
DL Kenny Clark (knee)
OLB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder)
OLB Rashan Gary (calf)
RB Aaron Jones (shoulder)
CB Kevin King (chest/illness)
WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder)
ILB Blake Martinez (shoulder)
S Will Redmond (knee)
RB Jamaal Williams (neck)
WR Darrius Shepherd (hamstring)