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Eagles vs. Packers final injury report: Alshon Jeffery’s role not expected to be limited

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The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 4 Thursday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles ruled the following three players OUT: DeSean Jackson, Ronald Darby, and Timmy Jernigan.

None of these absences are surprising since they all failed to practice this week.

Jackson being out obviously hurts an Eagles offense that could really use his deep threat ability. Carson Wentz and Jackson were looking like quite the dynamic duo in Week 1. The Eagles will hope to have Jackson back for Week 5.

Darby is reportedly expected to miss “a few games” at least. The Eagles might be better off with Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas as starting cornerbacks on the outside.

Jernigan being out means Fletcher Cox, Hassan Ridgeway, and Akeem Spence will be the Eagles’ three active defensive tackles. The Eagles really need Cox to return to his All-Pro form in a hurry.

The Eagles ruled one player QUESTIONABLE: Corey Clement.

Clement was full go in Wednesday’s practice after being limited on Tuesday. If he’s not back for this week, he should definitely be ready to play in Week 5. Clement didn’t get any offensive touches in his first two games but he did handle kickoff return duty.

The rest of the Eagles’ 53-man roster isn’t listed with a game status for Thursday’s game.

Doug Pederson said he expects Alshon Jeffery to play against the Packers, which is good news for the Eagles offense. But is Jeffery going to be limited, like Dallas Goedert was against the Lions? Doesn’t sound like it.

“Dallas was more of a game-time decision last week and we had already kind of put the game plan together. We kind of went in thinking Dallas wasn’t going to be available, so it was a little limited in his respect. This week is different. Alshon kind of went in this week hoping, kind of anticipating him playing more in this game, so we went in with a full game plan with that in mind.”

I don’t know if Jeffery will take the normal amount of snaps he would if he wasn’t hurt at all but at the very least he won’t be severely limited. On that note, it seems like Goedert should be able to play more than nine snaps this week. Wentz must be relieved to be getting Goedert and Jeffery back.

Kamu Grugier-Hill will return to action this week after suffering a knee injury in early August. Grugier-Hill is expected to be on some kind of pitch count so it’ll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets. Grugier-Hill could potentially give the Eagles a boost on defense and/or special teams.

Derek Barnett, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Andre Dillard, Nathan Gerry, and Nate Sudfeld are all healthy enough to play despite being listed on the injury report this week.

In more long-term injury focus, Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills can be activated from PUP as soon as Week 7. Cre’Von LeBlanc can be activated from IR as soon as Week 9.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

OUT

CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
DT Timmy Jernigan (foot)

QUESTIONABLE

RB Corey Clement (shoulder)

...

RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM

CB Jalen Mills

RESERVE/INJURED

CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
DT Malik Jackson
OT Jordan Mailata
DE Joe Ostman
DT Aziz Shittu

GREEN BAY PACKERS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)

The most noteworthy name on the Packers’ injury report is Za’Darius Smith, who is questionable to play. Smith picked up a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice and was limited the past two days. Smith ranks second on Green Bay in sacks this season with three so the Packers will certainly hope to have him for Thursday’s game.

OUT

DL Montravius Adams (shoulder)
LB Oren Burks (chest)

QUESTIONABLE

OLB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder)
WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder)
OLB Za’Darius Smith (knee)

...

RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM

S Ibraheim Campbell
LB Greg Roberts

RESERVE/INJURED

LB Curtis Bolton
S Raven Greene
FB Malcolm Johnson
OT Jason Spriggs
WR Equanimeous St. Brown
TE Jace Sternberger
OG Lane Taylor