The Eagles ruled three players out: Darius Slay, Cam Jurgens, and Zach Cunningham.
Slay had arthroscopic knee surgery. He will avoid going on injured reserve since he’s reportedly expected to be back before the end of the regular season. It remains to be seen how the Eagles will handle replacing him since they have different options. Earlier in the season, Josh Jobe was the clear backup at outside corner. With Kelee Ringo recently moving up the depth chart, however, he could see playing time. The Eagles also could conceivably play Bradley Roby on the outside in non-nickel situations with him moving to the slot and Ringo or Jobe or Eli Ricks coming in to play on the boundary. It’s also possible we’ll see a combination of players. In any case, it’s not ideal to be missing Slay against a Seahawks wide receiver trio of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
Jurgens’ absence marks his sixth missed start this season. The Eagles are expected to start Sua Opeta at right guard, which is a bit weird since he’s recently been a healthy scratch behind Tyler Steen. Steen started over Opeta the last time Jurgens was unavailable. But the Eagles are turning back to the veteran over the rookie.
Cunningham is missing his second game in the last three weeks. His absence leaves the Eagles with three healthy off-ball linebackers: Nicholas Morrow, Shaq Leonard, and Ben VanSumeren. Leonard figures to see a bigger role after logging limited playing time in his Eagles debut last weekend. The Eagles could also look to temporarily elevate Brandon Smith from the practice squad for more LB depth.
Jalen Hurts missed Saturday’s practice due to illness but he was listed without a game status and will play on Monday night.
Avonte Maddox is reportedly expected to have his 21-day practice window opened next week. That’s a nice unexpected development since it was previously reported that his season might be over after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 2. Guessing Maddox still might not be able to play in Week 16 but perhaps Week 17 is on the table? The Eagles getting their top slot corner back would be nice since that spot hast been a weakness since he’s been gone.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (SATURDAY)
LB Zach Cunningham (knee)
G/C Cam Jurgens (pectoral)
CB Darius Slay (knee)
LB Shaun Bradley
LB Nakobe Dean
S Justin Evans
OT Roderick Johnson
CB Avonte Maddox
CB Zech McPhearson
Evans had his 21-day practice window expire before being activated so he’s out for the season. There is no timeline for a Dean return. Maddox is expected to have his practice window opened next week after it was previously thought he might miss the rest of the season. Bradley, Johnson, and McPhearson will miss the entire 2023 season since they were placed on IR ahead of roster cuts to the 53-player limit.
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER
CB Isaiah Rodgers
Rodgers is suspended for the entire 2023 season due to gambling. He can apply for reinstatement in 2024.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS INJURY REPORT (SATURDAY)
The Seahawks ruled five players questionable: starting quarterback Geno Smith, starting cornerback Devon Witherspoon, starting safety Jamal Adams, special teams ace Nick Bellore, and depth receiver D’Wayne Eskridge.
Geno was limited in practice all week. There seems to be optimism about him playing even though he’s less than 100%. If he can’t suit up or has to leave the game early, it’ll be Drew Lock under center.
Adams and Witherspoon did not practice all week. That’s typically not a good sign for a player’s chances of playing. It’s possible the Seahawks have been trying to get them to game day but they’re clearly not 100% even if they do play.
Bellore said he expects to play despite not practicing.
S Jamal Adams (knee)
LB Nick Bellore (knee)
WR D’Wayne Eskridge (ribs)
QB Geno Smith (groin)
CB Devon Witherspoon (hip)
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
DT Bryan Mone
OG Phil Haynes
DE Mike Morris
LB Uchenna Nwosu
LB Joshua Onujiogu
S Jerrick Reed II
LB Drake Thomas