The Philadelphia Eagles issued their second official injury report on Thursday in advance of their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The big news is that Alshon Jeffery returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc injury in December last year.
Jeffery was only limited so I doubt he plays this week. I have a hard time believing that a 30.5-year-old receiver coming off his worst year as a full-time starter and a major foot injury is going to be a season-saver. But Jeffery — whenever he returns — should at least be better than J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the starting X role, which isn’t saying much.
UPDATE: Derrick Gunn has more on Jeffery’s status. Looks like he might not be back until Week 5.
Even though he practiced today Alshon Jeffery will not play this Sunday vs the Bengals ... there’s a chance he could be ready next Sunday at San Francisco ... but with the eagles being cautious with him ... the Steelers game is more realistic.— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) September 25, 2020
There players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in practice: Fletcher Cox, Jalen Reagor, and Rudy Ford.
Cox missing two days in a row signals that he’s unlikely to play on Sunday. If he can’t go, the Eagles will be down to Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave (who recently returned from injury), and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle. They could also look to elevate practice squad defensive tackle T.Y. McGill to the roster.
Reagor is out this week and might not be back until November. The Eagles are down to DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and John Hightower as their only fully healthy receivers. The team could look to elevate Deontay Burnett from the practice squad ... or just straight up sign him after putting Reagor on injured reserve.
Jalen Reagor had surgery today on his thumb— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 24, 2020
I’m told he could be out until early November with tear in thumb
He has always been a fast healer from his injuries. Maybe he can come back a little sooner
Ford being out leaves the Eagles with four healthy safeties: Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, Marcus Epps, and K’Von Wallace. The Eagles placed a practice squad protection on Grayland Arnold so he’s an elevation candidate.
Lane Johnson was upgraded to FULL PARTICIPATION after being limited on Wednesday. Corey Clement returned from an illness. All the rest guys were also back in full, as expected.
The Eagles will issue their third and final injury report on Friday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Fletcher Cox (abdomen)
S Rudy Ford (groin)
WR Jalen Reagor (thumb)
WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
RB Corey Clement (illness)
WR DeSean Jackson (not injury related - rest)
DT Malik Jackson (not injury related - rest)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
C Jason Kelce (not injury related - rest)
OT Jason Peters (not injury related - rest)
CINCINNATI BENGALS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
The Bengals are looking thin at defensive tackle with both Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels missing practice for the second day in a row. The Eagles’ offensive line could be able to have success against Cincy’s interior.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Geno Atkins (shoulder)
DT Mike Daniels (groin/not injury related - personal)
S Shawn Williams (calf)
DT Christian Covington (arm)
DE Carlos Dunlap (not injury related - rest)
S Brandon Wilson (not injury related - personal)
LB Logan Wilson (thumb)