The Philadelphia Eagles issued their first official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 1 game against the Washington Football Team. It’s the first injury report of the season and, naturally, the Birds aren’t fully healthy.
Javon Hargrave and Alshon Jeffery did not practice.
Hargrave wasn’t even seen attending practice. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury in addition to the pectoral injury we previously heard about. The Eagles’ top free agent signing doesn’t appear to be ready to play in Week 1. If that’s the case, Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson will be the starters with Hassan Ridgeway rotating in off the bench. The Eagles could also look to call up T.Y. McGill using the new practice squad rules to give them more depth behind the main trio.
Jeffery obviously won’t be ready for Week 1. It’s unclear exactly when he will be back. There’s some talk he hopes to be back by the end of September, which could mean Week 3, but Derrick Gunn says Jeffery “isn’t expected to ready until October at the earliest.” So, maybe we’ll see Jeffery in Week 4.
Miles Sanders, Lane Johnson, Jalen Reagor, and Derek Barnett were all limited participants.
Doug Pederson admitted that the Eagles might need to manage Sanders’ workload given how he missed the majority of training camp. If that’s the case, Boston Scott and Corey Clement will be in line for some touches. Can’t imagine new addition Jason Huntley sees any offensive playing time.
Johnson hasn’t fully practiced for multiple weeks now despite originally being listed as “day-to-day.” Pederson wouldn’t commit to him definitely starting against Washington. If he’s not available, the Eagles could be starting Matt Pryor at right tackle and Nate Herbig at right guard, which ... yikes. Alternatively, the Eagles could go with Pryor at right guard and Jack Driscoll at right tackle. But I think the former setup is more likely. Even if Johnson plays, he’s clearly not operating at 100%. Not the best thing for an offensive line already missing two starters.
Reagor seemed to be pretty active in Wednesday’s practice for a player who reportedly might not return until Week 2. Reagor seems like a tough dude so maybe he’ll actually play on Sunday? The Eagles might want to be cautious and hold him back.
Barnett missed all of training camp and he’s still not fully back. Maybe he’ll be able to go on Sunday but he’s clearly not 100%. Disappointing since the Eagle really need a breakout season from him. If Barnett can’t suit up, that means more playing time for Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry.
Carson Wentz, Vinny Curry, and Genard Avery avoided making the injury report after missing practices late in training camp
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring)
WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
DE Derek Barnett (hamstring)
OT Lane Johnson (ankle)
WR Jalen Reagor (shoulder)
RB Miles Sanders (hamstring)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM INJURY REPORT (WEDNESDAY)
Starting cornerback Kendall Fuller was limited with the knee injury that caused him to miss multiple weeks of training camp. He’s easily Football Team’s best corner with Ronald Darby starting across from him so Washington better hope he can play.
Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis, now about 37.5 years old, recently got banged up in practice on Tuesday.
There was thought that rookie Saahdiq Charles might push for the starting left tackle job but he missed most of camp with a calf issue that’s still bothering him. Geron Christian projects to start for Washington. He struggled when having to play in the past; the Eagles need to be able to win against him.
OT Saahdiq Charles (calf)
LB Thomas Davis Sr. (calf)
CB Kendall Fuller (knee)
DT Jonathan Allen (knee)
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (concussion)