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.
Miles Sanders says he expects to practice Friday. Asked if he thinks he can play, he nodded and said: “It’s the playoffs, man.”— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 2, 2020
Eagles do-it-all back Miles Sanders (ankle) is hopeful to practice Friday, and a source says his plan is to play vs. SEA barring a setback. It's a low-ankle injury, so the issue has been inflammation. He is improving. 'He wants to play,' the source said.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 2, 2020
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:
Former NFL team doctor thinks Zach Ertz is unlikely to play against Seahawks https://t.co/gxZ0RvLp4v— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) January 2, 2020
Good to see Zach Ertz out there at practice today. He will have to be medically cleared for contact by Sunday. There is a chance. But Eagles want to be safe. I’m told the bleeding has stopped with his kidney https://t.co/2MSiND4Nd0— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 2, 2020
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:
"Lane Johnson cannot put a lot of pressure on that ankle, this ankle injury is worse than the one last year. As I see it right now, and from what I've been told, I would be shocked to see him on the field Sunday. But if anyone can prove me wrong, it is Lane." - @RealDGunnNBCS— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) January 2, 2020
Lane Johnson is trying really hard to play in this playoff game Sunday. Good to see him working at practice today— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 2, 2020
His high ankle sprain was thought to be a 4 to 6 week injury. It will be 4 weeks this Sunday https://t.co/IpzRL84i3V
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)
DE Derek Barnett (ankle)
DT Fletcher Cox (triceps)
TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
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)
OG Phil Haynes (head)
C Joey Hunt (fibula)
S Quandre Diggs (ankle)
TE Luke Willson (hip)