The Philadelphia Eagles announced their second official injury report on Thursday in advance of their Week 1 game against Washington.
The most noteworthy news is that Alshon Jeffery was limited in practice after being full go on Wednesday. He’s listed with a biceps injury. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Les Bowen offers an update:
Alshon Jeffery entered the locker room as reporters were leaving. Didn't have time to ask in depth about his listing on the injury report (limited/biceps) but I asked if he was OK and he said he was fine. Then he said I would BE fined for asking a question as locker room closed.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 5, 2019
Starting defensive end Derek Barnett and starting right guard Brandon Brooks were limited for the second day in a row. Here’s what Jim Schwartz had to say about Barnett’s injury status:
Q. Are you concerned at all with Derek Barnett, whether he’ll be available and whether he’ll be ready? He hasn’t practiced much.
JIM SCHWARTZ: Yeah, we’re concerned with everybody, but we got a long way to go until Sunday. We’ll see where everybody is. We have good depth at that position. I think whoever we put out there will be able to get the job done.
That’s a far cry from “Barnett is definitely playing.” Not ideal. If Barnett can’t suit up, the Eagles will be going with Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Daeshon Hall, and Josh Sweat as their top four defensive ends.
It seems like Brooks might be iffy for this week’s game. If I had to guess, I’d put the chances of who’s starting at right guard for the Eagles on Sunday as 60% Halapoulvaati Vaitai and 40% Brooks.
Jason Kelce was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after getting a partial rest day on Wednesday. All good on that front.
Rudy Ford was also upgraded to being a full participant. The reserve safety could make his Eagles debut on Sunday. Howie Roseman really talked up Ford’s special teams ability over the weekend:
“Rudy for us was one of though guys on special teams that just jumped off the tape, and he can fill specific roles. We’ve got to get him right and we will, and then when he comes back I think that our fans will see why we liked him on special teams. I mean, he adds some speed, and he can play some roles that we are really looking for through the offseason. So we’re excited about getting him.”
Nate Sudfeld, Kamu Grugier-Hill, and Jordan Mailata still aren’t practicing. They’ll all be inactive on Sunday. Unlike Sudfeld and Grugier-Hill, Mailata hasn’t been spotted at practice during the media window. Hm.
The Eagles will put out their final injury report leading up to Sunday’s game on Friday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)
OT Jordan Mailata (back)
QB Nate Sudfeld (wrist)
DE Derek Barnett (shoulder)
OG Brandon Brooks (achilles)
WR Alshon Jeffery (biceps)
S Rudy Ford (achilles)
C Jason Kelce (not injury related)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
No changes from Washington’s Wednesday injury report. Starting nickel cornerback Fabian Moreau is likely going to be out. Jordan Reed is making progress but he still hasn’t been officially cleared to play just yet.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
QB Colt McCoy (fibula)
CB Fabian Moreau (ankle)
DE Caleb Brantley (foot)
LB Cassanova McKinzy (concussion)
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)
LB Shaun Dion-Hamilton (chest)
WR Paul Richardson Jr. (quad)