The Philadelphia Eagles issued their second official injury report on Thursday in advance of their Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Six players were LIMITED PARTICIPANTS: Rodney McLeod, Zach Ertz, Brandon Brooks, Avonte Maddox, Marcus Epps, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
McLeod being limited for the second day in a row isn’t necessarily the best sign for his playing chances. We’ll see how he does on Friday but it looks like he could miss another game.
Ertz and Brooks were both upgraded to limited participants after sitting out on Wednesday. The Eagles are managing them to get them to Sunday.
Maddox is a new addition to the injury report. He’s apparently dealing with some kind of knee issue. The Eagles will hope it’s not too serious so they’re not without their starting slot cornerback. Josiah Scott would typically be Maddox’s backup but he’s currently on injured reserve. Either new addition Andre Chachere or rookie defender Zech McPhearson could be the nickel defender if Maddox can’t play.
Epps was upgraded to limited after not practicing on Wednesday. He still needs to be officially cleared since he’s in the concussion protocol but it seems like he’s on track to play on Sunday. He could very well start again with McLeod potentially out.
JJAW was upgraded to limited after not practicing on Wednesday. Maybe he’ll suit up this week after all. The Eagles primarily used him as a blocker (PFF’s top graded blocking WR from Week 1! Meanwhile, DeVonta Smith was third overall.) and special teams contributor. Doing the dirty work.
Nine players were listed as FULL PARTICIPANTS: Miles Sanders, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Darius Slay, Ryan Kerrigan, Landon Dickerson, and Davion Taylor.
Sanders, Cox, Graham, Johnson, Kelce, and Slay were all limited on Wednesday due to being rested. They were back in full force today.
Kerrigan was also back after missing Wednesday’s practice due to personal reasons.
Dickerson and Taylor appear to be on track to make their season debuts. It’ll be interesting to see exactly what their roles are.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (ankle)
OG Brandon Brooks (knee/rest)
S Marcus Epps (concussion)
TE Zach Ertz (hamstring/rest)
CB Avonte Maddox (groin)
S Rodney McLeod (knee)
DT Fletcher Cox (rest)
OL Landon Dickerson (knee)
DE Brandon Graham (rest)
OT Lane Johnson (rest)
C Jason Kelce (rest)
DE Ryan Kerrigan (personal matter)
RB Miles Sanders (ankle/rest)
CB Darius Slay (resting player)
LB Davion Taylor (calf)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS INJURY REPORT (THURSDAY)
As if the 49ers weren’t already dealing with some significant injury issues, they’ll now be without starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw against Philly. Greenlaw will be placed on injured reserve since he’ll need groin surgery. Our good friend Kyle Posey from Niners Nation broke down what this absence means for San Fran:
Azeez Al-Shaair, who played well on Sunday, will take over for Greenlaw at WILL. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles will now play SAM.
Greenlaw’s injury explains why the 49ers signed LB Curtis Bolton on Tuesday.
Greenlaw’s speed was part of what made the 49ers’ defense so special. He had six tackles against the Lions. He allowed four completions, but only for an average of 4.2 yards per target with a passer rating of 44.6, the lowest on the team Week 1.
You can’t replace the closing speed of Greenlaw, but Al-Shaair is a far more physical player and wasn’t a slouch in coverage, either, against the Lions. Al-Shaair only allowed two completions on four targets for a total of five yards. He had one hit that jarred the ball loose from a Lions receiver.
The Eagles really need to capitalize on a 49ers defense that’s set to be without some of their starters.
In other news, Emmanuel Moseley missed practice for the second day in a row. He would be starting at cornerback for the 49ers at healthy.
Starting defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw were both upgraded to limited participants. Armstead is reportedly a surer bet to play than Kinlaw. Even if they do both suit up, they’ll presumably be less than 100%.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Dre Greenlaw (groin)
CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee)
DL Arik Armstead (hip/adductor)
DE Dee Ford (ankle)
LB Marcell Harris (oblique)
DT Javon Kinlaw (knee)