Philadelphia Eagles debate table: Who’s brought back from injured reserve?

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins /

The Philadelphia Eagles can bring back two players from their injured reserve as early as this week. Who returns ? Who doesn’t?

The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot on their minds as they enter the bye week. Not only are they approaching the October 30th trade deadline, they’re looking at their own roster, particularly the injured reserve.

What many may have forgotten is Philly can still return two players from the IR at some point. The earliest that can happen is actually this week. That leads to two very real questions. Who do they bring back, and who stays on the IR until next season?

They’re simple questions with not so simple answers. One thing is certain. Philly’s just trying to make the best decision for the guys on the roster and for their own success in 2018.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

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Philly enters the bye week with eight players, including four starters, on their injured reserve list. That list includes defensive end Derek Barnett (shoulder), safety Rodney McLeod (MCL), running back Jay Ajayi (ACL), tight end Richard Rodgers (knee), linebacker Paul Worrilow (ACL), cornerback Elie Bouka, and wide receivers Mack Hollins (groin) and Mike Wallace (fibula).

They also have two players, safety Chris Maragos and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, on their PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Maragos has been dealing with a knee injury, and Jernigan had back surgery in the offseason.

Everyone’s eligible to return minus Worrilow, but who will? Again, Philly can only return two players. Earlier this week, in a discussion with the Philly media, head coach Doug Pederson spoke on this same subject. He specifically mentioned Hollins, Rodgers and Wallace.

Here’s a quote:

"Richard Rodgers is one of those guys. Mack Hollins is there. Mike Wallace is going to be a little bit later because of the lateness of his injury."

It’s probably not a coincidence that everyone mentioned plays on offense. Rodgers and Hollins are eligible to return this week as they were placed on the team’s IR prior to Week 1. Wallace, who fractured in his fibula in Week 2, is eligible for return next week.

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Hollins possesses both size and speed. Wallace was believed to be a big part of what the Eagles had in their plans for the offense in 2018. He was believed to be an upgrade for Torrey Smith. Could they be the favorites?

One thing’s certain. They’d definitely upgrade the Eagles offense immediately.