The Eagles don’t have a lot of time to get healthy before their Thursday Night Football matchup this week, which is not good news for several key players, including Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz — who are both reportedly getting MRIs on Monday.
Jay Glazer just reported on tv that Miles Sanders (knee) and Zach Ertz (ankle) will both have MRIs tomorrow. He said the greater concern is Sanders’ knee.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 18, 2020
Sanders was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter against the Ravens on Sunday, after taking 9 carries for 118 yards. He had a huge 74-yard breakout run, just a week after another long run against the Steelers. The second-year running back has also been a big contributor in pass protection, so his loss would definitely be felt — they’ve got Boston Scott as the backup, Corey Clement as a situational back, and Jalen Hurts as the gadgety runner.
Injuries are already mounting for the young player, who missed most of training camp and Week 1 with a hamstring injury, had conditioning issues late in his first couple games back, and is now looking at a knee issue.
Ertz had been evaluated earlier in the game by trainers on the sideline, but ultimately ended up returning to action, only to leave the field once again late against Baltimore. He only connected with Carson Wentz four times on 10 targets for 33 yards. The tight end hasn’t been super effective this season, and hasn’t found ways to get much separation despite defenses scheming for him.
The Eagles are still without Dallas Goedert eligible to be activated this week but TBD if he’s ready) so if Ertz were to miss time, they might just have Richard Rodgers and (apparently) Jason Croom, as their backup options. Caleb Wilson is the only tight end currently on the practice squad. They could use Hakeem Butler at tight end, but it seems like they’re looking bring him along slowly as a WR-hybrid of sorts.