The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 4 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
It’s a long list (25% of the current roster!) and there are some surprises.
Four players were LIMITED: Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson, and Jason Kelce.
Sanders wasn’t expected to be on today’s report. He missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury but now he’s dealing with a “glute” issue. He literally has a sore butt. Maybe this explains why the Eagles didn’t use him more often in Week 3. It’s concerning to see Sanders at less than 100% given how much Carson Wentz is struggling right now. It’d be nice for Philly to heavily rely on their running back but that just might not be realistic.
Jeffery has a chance to play this week but my interpretation of Doug Pederson’s messaging makes me think he’s more likely to debut in Week 5. Then again, the Eagles could really use Jeffery out there this week with how banged up they are at wide receiver.
Johnson is on track to play despite the fact he’s still working through his ankle recovery.
Kelce was just resting. He’ll be back in full tomorrow.
A whopping nine players DID NOT PARTICIPATE in practice: DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Fletcher Cox, Avonte Maddox, Trevor Williams, Jason Peters, Jack Driscoll, Jamon Brown, and Rudy Ford.
Jackson is dealing with a hamstring issue. There’s a chance he plays this week but being out on Wednesday isn’t an encouraging sign in that regard. We’ll have to see if he’s able to do anything on Thursday.
JJAW missed practice after getting hurt during pregame warmups (yes, seriously) this past Sunday. With Jeffery, Jackson, and JJAW potentially out ... and Jalen Reagor going on injured reserve ... the Eagles are down to Greg Ward and John Hightower at wide receiver. They could also look to elevate Deontay Burnett from the practice squad again. Quez Watkins might also get activated from IR. Watkins was back at practice today but he’s not listed on the injury report since he’s not on the 53-man roster. The Eagles could look to activate Watkins with the vacant spot left by placing Jalen Reagor on IR. All told, just not an ideal receiving corps!
Cox played last week after missing two practices so he’ll probably be good for this week’s game. Tough dude. Just not operating at 100%.
Maddox is likely set to miss a week or two so it could be Trevor Williams starting in his place. Except ... now Williams is also hurt?! That’s a new development. If these two guys can’t suit up, the Eagles will be down to just Darius Slay, Cre’Von LeBlanc, and Nickell Robey-Coleman at corner. And the latter two dudes there are obviously more suited for the slot. The only other corner under team control is undrafted rookie free agent Michael Jacquet, whom the team brought back on the practice squad this week. Not a great situation.
Peters, Driscoll, and Brown are all listed with an “illness” designation. Wonder if you can read into the fact that they’re all in the same position room together. Hopefully it’s not too serious and they’ll be back. Pederson previously indicated Peters should be healthy enough to start at left tackle this week despite leaving the Cincinnati Bengals game late in overtime.
Ford is set to miss his second straight game. Negative impact for the Eagles’ special teams unit.
New Eagles receiver-turned-tight end Hakeem Butler is wearing No. 89.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf)
OG Jamon Brown (illness)
DT Fletcher Cox (abdominal)
OT Jack Driscoll (illness)
S Rudy Ford (groin)
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)
CB Avonte Maddox (ankle)
OT Jason Peters (illness)
CB Trevor Williams (rib)
WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
C Jason Kelce (rest)
RB Miles Sanders (glute)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
The 49ers are also really banged up.
It looks like Nick Mullens might be starting under center again with Jimmy G not practicing. Don’t sleep on Mullens just because he’s a backup, though. The 49ers can win with him.
Getting George Kittle back is huge for San Fran. He’s the NFL’s top paid tight end for a reason. Dude’s a beast.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Dee Ford (back)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle)
LB Dre Greenlaw (quadricep)
CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
TE Jordan Reed (knee)
CB K’Waun Williams (hip)
TE George Kittle (knee)
RB Jerick McKinnon (ribs)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring)