The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their meaningless Week 17 game against the Washington Football Team.
A whopping NINE players DID NOT PRACTICE: Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, DeSean Jackson, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Mailata, Quez Watkins, Shaun Bradley, Michael Jacquet, and Richard Rodgers.
There’s no good reason Cox should be playing in this week’s game. If he wasn’t healthy enough to gut it through a must-win game against Dallas, he shouldn’t be suiting up a Week 17 game with no stakes for Philly.
Barnett also shouldn’t be playing for the Eagles. If he suffers a serious injury that extends into the offseason, his fifth-year option worth about $10 million for 2021 becomes fully guaranteed.
The Eagles should just put Jackson back on IR. No point of playing him on Sunday. Thanks for the fun memories.
No need to risk Goedert getting hurt in this one.
Mailata might have a shot to play this week if he can clear the concussion protocol in time. If not, the Eagles might just have to start rookie practice squad member Prince Tega Wanogho at left tackle. No small task going up against Chase Young in your first NFL start.
Didn’t realize Watkins got hurt in Week 16. Unfortunate that he might not be able to play. One of the few young, intriguing players on the team.
In a similar vein, also would be a shame if Bradley can’t play.
Wonder if Jacquet got hurt in Dallas and that exacerbated his struggles in that game. The only other full-time healthy cornerbacks on the roster are Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman. The Eagles might opt to have Jalen Mills play cornerback again. Even so, they’ll probably need to bring up practice squad corners Jameson Houston and/or Lavert Hill to the roster for Sunday.
Rodgers and Goedert both potentially being out leaves Philly with just Zach Ertz and Caleb Wilson at tight end. The team could also look to elevate Hakeem Butler for game night.
One player was LIMITED: Duke Riley.
Riley was also limited in practice last week before not playing. With Riley and Bradley both potentially out, the Eagles could be down to just Alex Singleton, T.J. Edwards, and Joe Bachie at linebacker. Davion Taylor might be joining that group if he’s looking healthy enough in practice.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Derek Barnett (calf)
DT Fletcher Cox (neck)
LB Shaun Bradley (neck)
TE Dallas Goedert (calf)
WR DeSean Jackson (ankle)
CB Michael Jacquet (calf)
OT Jordan Mailata (concussion)
TE Richard Rodgers (shin)
WR Quez Watkins (rib)
LB Duke Riley (biceps)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Alex Smith missed practice but it was a planned effort to try to get him to Sunday. If he can’t start, Washington will be rolling with Taylor Heinicke as their starting quarterback in Philly.
For the sake of the Eagles losing and getting a better draft pick, hopefully Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin can get healthy and play on Sunday night. Might not be able to, though.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Jonathan Allen (non-injury related)
LB Thomas Davis Sr. (knee)
RB Antonio Gibson (toe)
WR Terry McLaurin (ankle)
OG Wes Schweitzer (hip)
QB Alex Smith (calf)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle)
DT Tim Settle (shoulder)