The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Monday in advance of their Week 7 Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Note that this report is merely an estimation because the Eagles held a walkthrough instead of a real practice.
Six players were listed under DID NOT PARTICIPATE: Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Malik Jackson, and K’Von Wallace.
Sanders is reportedly set to miss this week’s game. He might miss Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys as well. The Eagles are left with Boston Scott, Corey Clement, and Jason Huntley on the 53-man roster in the meantime. Not the most inspiring options. They also have Adrian Killins and Elijah Holyfield on the practice squad if they want to elevate one of them.
Ertz is reportedly set to miss three-to-four weeks so the Eagles might opt to put him on injured reserve. With Ertz out and Dallas Goedert potentially still not ready to return, the Eagles are down to Richard Rodgers and former receiver Hakeem Butler at tight end. The team also has Jason Croom and Caleb Wilson on the practice squad. Putting Ertz on IR could free up a spot to sign Croom to the roster.
Johnson isn’t going to get any healthier by playing on Thursday night so he might miss another game. His top backup, Driscoll, is also expected to miss a week or two. That means the Eagles will likely be starting Brett Toth at right tackle. Toth never took an NFL regular season snap prior to Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson is yet another player set to miss a game or two. It’s a shame because he’s been disruptive at times with three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season. The Eagles are down to Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle in the meantime. They also have T.Y. McGill on the practice squad.
Wallace had x-rays on his shoulder come back negative, according to John Clark. But he’s in a sling and could miss this week’s game, if not longer. The Eagles are down to Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, and Will Parks as healthy safeties on the 53-man roster. They have Grayland Arnold and Elijah Riley on the practice squad. The Eagles also recently hosted former 2016 draft pick Blake Countess on a visit.
Five players were listed under LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Avonte Maddox, Duke Riley, and Marcus Epps.
Jackson is reportedly expected to return this week. But will the 33-year-old be effective? Can he remain on the field? It’s not a given with how much time he’s missed since returning to Philly. Also:
Caplan: “DeSean, here’s the real story, 2 people who know thought DeSean was playing. It’s really now up to DeSean. There is no reason he shouldn’t play Thursday. If he doesn’t play I’m throwing my hands up and not reporting on him anymore. It’s not a bad hamstring come on play!”— Patrick (@EaglesPMC) October 19, 2020
Jackson being a healthy contributor would be nice. It’d be great to see Carson Wentz and him connect on some deep balls again. But we’ll have to believe it when we see it happens.
Jeffery might be able to return this week but it’s unclear. It’d really be a shame if Travis Fulgham saw fewer snaps with Jackson and Jeffery returning.
Maddox might be able to return this week but it’s unclear. He could potentially resume his starting cornerback job across from Darius Slay.
Riley didn’t practice last week do being listed as limited points to him trending in the right direction.
Epps is in the same boat as Riley. Could be good to get him back to provide safety depth and special teams help with Wallace hurt.
The Eagles will issue a second injury report on Tuesday before the third and final injury report is published on Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (MONDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Jack Driscoll (ankle)
TE Zach Ertz (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (quadriceps)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
RB Miles Sanders (knee)
S K’Von Wallace (shoulder)
S Marcus Epps (rib)
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)
WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
CB Avonte Maddox (ankle)
LB Duke Riley (rib)
NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT (MONDAY)
Four rotational players were listed as DNP for the Giants.
Leading receiver Darius Slayton was limited. He’s expected to be able to suit up this week. Slayton gave the Eagles’ secondary some trouble last year.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR C.J. Board (concussion)
DB Adrian Colbert (shoulder)
LB Tae Crowder (hamstring)
DB Darnay Holmes (neck)
WR Darius Slayton (foot)
RB Dion Lewis (hand)