The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 8 Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Five players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in practice: Miles Sanders, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Alshon Jeffery, Nathan Gerry, and Craig James.
Sanders is on track to miss his second straight game but could return after the Week 9 bye. Boston Scott will be the Eagles’ primary running back with Corey Clement and Jason Huntley in line for some occasional touches.
Johnson and Driscoll seem bound to miss this week’s game so Philly is seemingly going with Jordan Mailata at right tackle. It’ll be Mailata’s first regular season start at that position. Tough test against DeMarcus Lawrence.
Jeffery has been cleared to return from his foot injury but he somehow picked up a calf injury despite the fact the team didn’t even hold real practices last week, just walkthroughs. Kinda strange! Jeffery is on track to miss his eight straight game. Given how there’s talk about the Eagles still looking to unload him ahead of the NFL trade deadline, he might’ve already played his last game in Philly. Otherwise, maybe we’ll see him return after the bye.
Gerry is a surprise inclusion on the injury report. If he can’t play, the Eagles’ main linebackers could be Alex Singleton, T.J. Edwards, and Duke Riley. Which is a trio many Eagles fans would rather see anyway.
James is apparently still dealing with that hamstring issue that caused him to go on injured reserve after Week 1. He was only brought back a couple games ago.
Two players were LIMITED PARTICIPANTS in practice: Malik Jackson and Genard Avery.
Jackson practicing indicates there’s a chance he could return after missing Week 7. If not, he should definitely be ready to play in Week 10.
Avery hasn’t even played much on defense (0 snaps in Week 7) since Vinny Curry returned. Being less than 100% healthy doesn't help his case moving forward.
One player was listed as a FULL PARTICIPANT in practice: K’Von Wallace.
Wallace missed Thursday’s game but he’ll be back in action this week.
Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert, Jason Peters, T.J. Edwards, and Rudy Ford all practiced in some capacity on Wednesday but weren’t listed on the injury report since they’re still officially on injured reserve.
Reagor and Peters seem primed to be activated for this week’s game.
I’m told not only does Jalen Reagor have a good chance of playing this Sunday but so does Jason Peters. It’s yet to be determined if Peters will play guard or tackle ...— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) October 28, 2020
I’m told so far so good for Jalen Reagor trying to return Sunday night vs Cowboys— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 28, 2020
I’m told he has looked great in practice and his thumb feels good and if there’s no setbacks, needs to be cleared by doctor Thursday pic.twitter.com/2J1yysoq7h
If he’s cleared to play, Reagor should be starting in the Z role. Travis Fulgham is the natural option at X with Greg Ward lining up in the slot. John Hightower could see some rotational playing time, especially if the Eagles want to manage Reagor’s workload to some extent. JJ Arcega-Whiteside could see several snaps. Quez Watkins might be active but isn’t bound to play much.
Peters’ return apparently means the Eagles are going with the following starting offensive line:
Left tackle — Jason Peters
Left guard — Nate Herbig
Center — Jason Kelce
Right guard — Matt Pryor
Right tackle — Jordan Mailata
It’ll be interesting to see if it’s Mailata or Peters at left tackle when either Johnson or Driscoll are healthy enough to play right tackle.
Goedert’s status for this week isn’t clear. He might not be able to suit up until the bye. But maybe he’ll be ready for Dallas. (See what I did there?)
Doug Pederson previously seemed optimistic about Edwards’ chances of being active for this week’s game. Ford’s return would further boost Philly’s special teams unit.
Avonte Maddox wasn’t listed on the injury report at all, which means he’s in line to start across from Darius Slay at outside cornerback.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Jack Driscoll (ankle)
LB Nathan Gerry (ankle)
CB Craig James (hamstring)
WR Alshon Jeffery (calf)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
RB Miles Sanders (knee)
DE Genard Avery (elbow)
DT Malik Jackson (quadriceps)
K’Von Wallace (neck)
DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Andy Dalton didn’t practice today so it looks like he’s on track to miss this week’s game. Rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci will likely make his first NFL start in Philly on Sunday night.
More analysis on the Cowboys injury report from our enemies over at Blogging The Boys:
The Cowboys might be getting some reinforcements this week, but they will likely be absent their second-string quarterback, meaning the third-string rookie might have to go. Andy Dalton did not participate in today’s practice and it’s unlikely he will for the next few days. Earlier today, coach Mike McCarthy indicated that Zack Martin and Chidobe Awuzie are likely to play this week, and he has hope that Joe Looney and Sean Lee could also get back in the lineup. Martin was a full participant today while Awuzie, Looney and Lee are still officially on the injured reserve list.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
QB Andy Dalton (concussion)
S Xavier Woods (not injury related)
OG Zach Martin (concussion)