Are the Philadelphia Eagles getting any healthier heading into Week 13’s matchup against the Washington Redskins?
Another week, another do-or-die situation for the Philadelphia Eagles. This season hasn’t exactly been what many have expected, but regardless, the Eagles are still fighting for the NFC East crown. Realistically, the Birds could be back in first place by next week, but a few things have to happen first. And most importantly, the Eagles have to win on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins this week.
Although the Eagles haven’t been playing all that well since training camp, a lot of their struggles come from the long list of injuries that occurred over the last few months. Some guys missed a good chunk of the season, while others will miss the rest of the year. In fact, some players haven’t even been able to see the field yet. It’s unfortunate, but it’s been the story of the 2018 season.
While the Eagles are still trying to get back on top of their game, they are getting healthy in some areas. But as always, nothing can be perfect. It seems like once a player or two returns, another handful of them go down with an injury. So, after Thursday’s practice, where are some of the injured Eagles at in their progress?
A look at the returning players:
Darren Sproles, RB
Darren Sproles has missed every single game except for the season-opener this year. His hamstring refuses to hold up, and the veteran’s final season in the NFL has been a colossal flop. Fortunately, he returned to practice on Thursday, but his status for Monday’s game is unknown. And even when Sproles comes back, it’s unclear what his role will be on the offense.
Sidney Jones, CB
Like Darren Sproles, Sidney Jones’ hamstring wouldn’t do him any favors. Although Jones has played for a good chunk of the season, he hasn’t looked like himself ever since he pulled his hammy in the first place. This week, the Eagles are optimistic about possibly having Jones back – How long will it last, though?
Rasul Douglas, CB
Rasul Douglas played last week, despite having a knee/ankle injury. Although he was only in for two snaps on defense, it was clear that Douglas was not fully healthy. This week, Douglas will likely suit up, but he might not be useful still. After all, he wasn’t imposing for the Eagles secondary when healthy anyway.
Nigel Bradham, LB
Nigel Bradham hurt his thumb during last week’s game against the New York Giants. The following Monday after Week 12, Bradham underwent surgery to repair his thumb, and now has it wrapped up in a cast without missing a snap at practice. If you could guess, Bradham has every intention of playing this week. Tough as nails, enough said.