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Eagles Injury Report: Updates on Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, and three cornerbacks

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Thursday practice news ahead of this week’s Seahawks game.

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The Philadelphia Eagles issued their second official injury report on Thursday in advance of their wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Two players DID NOT PARTICIPATE: starting running back Miles Sanders and starting wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

The Eagles are having Sanders rest his ankle. The expectation is that he’s going to play on Sunday. The question is if Sanders can be effective and remain in the game.

Agholor is expected to miss this week’s game. If the Eagles beat the Seahawks, I wonder if the team might put him on injured reserve to free up a roster spot for when they activate DeSean Jackson.

Four players were LIMITED: starting tight end Zach Ertz, starting right tackle Lane Johnson, starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and starting defensive end Derek Barnett.

Ertz’s status remains unclear. There’s a mixture of optimism and pessimism:

I’d still guess it’s more likely that Ertz doesn’t play, leaving the Eagles with Dallas Goedert, Joshua Perkins, and Richard Rodgers at tight end. If Ertz does somehow suit up, it’s not like he’s going to play his usual workload ... right?

Johnson’s outlook is also surrounded with a mix of optimism and pessimism:

If Johnson can’t play, the Eagles will start Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle and Matt Pryor at right guard. If Johnson can play, it’ll likely be Vaitai at right guard. I suspect the Eagles are trying to keep the Seahawks in the dark on the injury front for gamesmanship purposes. I’d guess both Ertz and Johnson will be ambiguously listed as questionable to play, game-time decisions.

Cox and Barnett are expected to fully practice on Friday and be fine to play in Sunday’s game.

Three players were upgraded to FULL after being limited on Wednesday: starting cornerback Jalen Mills, starting cornerback Avonte Maddox, and backup cornerback Sidney Jones.

The guess here is that Mills and Maddox start on the outside against the Seahawks with Cre’Von LeBlanc playing at nickel corner. Rasul Douglas and Jones will be on call in the event of re-injury.

We’ll learn more abut the team’s injury situation when they put out their third and final injury report on Friday afternoon.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

WR Nelson Agholor (knee)
RB Miles Sanders (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

DE Derek Barnett (ankle)
DT Fletcher Cox (triceps)
TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION

CB Sidney Jones (back)
CB Avonte Maddox (abdomen)
CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)

A few changes from Wendesday’s report. Starting safety Quandre Diggs was upgraded to full go and will play this weekend. Starting center Joey Hunt was upgraded from did not practice to limited, he’s on pace to play.

Jadeveon Clowney and Mike Iupati are banged up but should be able to play. The Seahawks are likely taking it easy to get them to Sunday. Duane Brown, Jaron Brown, Mychal Kendricks, and Malik Turner could all miss this week’s game. Seattle could be thin at wide receiver behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

OT Duane Brown (knee/biceps)
WR Jaron Brown (knee)
DE Jadeveon Clowney (core)
OG Mike Iupati (neck)
LB Mychal Kendricks (knee)
WR Malik Turner (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

OG Phil Haynes (head)
C Joey Hunt (fibula)

FULL PARTICIPATION

S Quandre Diggs (ankle)
TE Luke Willson (hip)