The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Week 1 game against the Washington Football Team.
The big news is that rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor is listed without a game status, which means he’s set to play on Sunday.
Reagor was limited on Wednesday due to the shoulder injury he suffered in training camp but he was full go each of the past two days. That’s a pretty positive development since Reagor was previously expected to miss Week 1, if not more games. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will be cautious with his playing time. A full healthy Reagor might part of a rotation anyway since we saw both him and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside take first team snaps at the X receiver position in training camp. Reagor figures to see playing time across from DeSean Jackson at the Z position while Greg Ward starts in the slot. John Hightower might play in a limited role and it’s possible the Eagles could call up Deontay Burnett from the practice squad just in case.
The Eagles ruled three players QUESTIONABLE: starting running back Miles Sanders, starting right tackle Lane Johnson, and starting defensive end Derek Barnett.
It seems like Sanders will play but Doug Pederson suggested he could be on a pitch count. If that’s the case, Boston Scott and Corey Clement could see more playing time than usual. Clement was full go on Friday after being limited on Thursday so he’ll be ready to suit up.
Johnson is reportedly still recovering from the ankle surgery he underwent in August. There’s a real sense he could miss the season opener, which would be pretty troublesome. We might be seeing Nate Herbig make his first career NFL start at right guard while Matt Pryor fills in for Johnson.
Barnett was limited in practice all week. He’s a tough guy so the guess here is that he’ll end up playing. But can’t say for sure. If Barnett is out, the Eagles still have five healthy defensive ends in Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Vinny Curry, Casey Toohill, and Genard Avery.
The Eagles ruled two players OUT: starting defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Hargrave didn’t practice at all this week. One would think the Eagles feel like he’ll be back for either Week 2 or Week 3 since they didn’t put Hargrave on injured reserve to start the season. In the meantime, the Eagles are down to just three defensive tackles: Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Hassan Ridgeway. Jackson and Ridgeway looked good in camp, so there’s hope they can mitigate Hargrave’s absence. The team could also look to promote veteran defensive tackle T.Y. McGill using the new practice squad rules to give them a fourth guy on the interior.
Jeffery was always expected to miss this game. One report states he “isn’t expected to ready until October at the earliest.” That the Eagles didn’t put Jeffery on PUP to start the season suggests they believe he can play by Week 6 at the latest.
Will Parks being on injured reserve means that we’ll likely see Marcus Epps — whom Jim Schwartz recently referenced to as “Eppsy” — as the third safety in certain defensive packages. To be determined if K’Von Wallace will have a role.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
DT Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring)
WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
DE Derek Barnett (hamstring)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
RB Miles Sanders (hamstring)
OT Andre Dillard
S Will Parks
TE Josh Perkins
WR Quez Watkins
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
OG Brandon Brooks
DE Daeshon Hall
LB Jatavis Brown
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Football Team will be without veteran linebacker Thomas Davis, who was ruled out.
It also looks like they’ll be missing starting cornerback Kendall Fuller, who is officially doubtful to play. Carson Wentz needs to take advantage of a Washington secondary that’s forced to start both Ronald Darby and a backup on the outside.
Backup left tackle Saahdiq Charles was full go on Friday so he might be able to play and give the Football Team some more o-line depth.
LB Thomas Davis Sr. (calf)
CB Kendall Fuller (knee)
OT Saahdiq Charles (calf)
DE Ryan Bee
LB Reuben Foster
OG Michael Liedtke
TE Thaddeus Moss
DB Simeon Thomas
WR Jordan Veasy
WR Emanuel Hall
WR Kelvin Harmon