The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t fully healthy heading into the Wild Card Round, but they don’t have any worries for this Sunday.
How many teams in the NFL can feel comfortable with heading into the Wild Card round with their starting quarterback out, and an injured reserve full of starters who could almost fill up an entire starting lineup? My guess is not many. However, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of very few teams who can get through the playoffs and make a Super Bowl run with so many key players out.
At this point, we know the Eagles are without a ton of starters from the beginning of the season. But there won’t be any excuses made. This team made it to the postseason for a reason. The hottest team can and will make a run, whether they are stacked with injuries or not. At this point, the only thing that could hold the Eagles back is the little stuff ahead of Sunday’s matchup.
Right now, the Eagles injury report is crowded heading into the Wild Card matchup. There are 12 players listed as injured, and that doesn’t include the handful of guys that are off of the active roster and on the IR. In other words, it doesn’t look good for the Birds on paper.
Fortunatley, the injury report isn’t final. Some of the guys that didn’t practice, or were limited have an excellent chance of playing this weekend. On Friday, Doug Pederson gave a few quick injury updates, and as for key players, it seems like the Eagles are going to be just fine this week.
A few injury updates:
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Nick Foles, QB
Nick Foles left last week’s game with bruised ribs, which stemmed from the previous matchup. He started the week off as limited, but on Thursday Foles was a full go. According to head coach Doug Pederson, Foles is feeling really good as of Friday and will be fine to play on Sunday. As for Carson Wentz, he most likely won’t be active, and Nate Sudfeld will be the backup.
Avonte Maddox, CB
Avonte Maddox was a surprising name that popped up on the injury report on Thursday with an injury listed as ‘oblique.’ Maddox completed practice on Thursday but was listed as a limited participant. There’s nothing to worry about though, as he is going to be just fine to play on Sunday, which is great news considering the tremendous amount of progress he’s made lately.
Isaac Seumalo, OL
Isaac Seumalo has missed the last three games with a pectoral injury. During that time, he was replaced at left guard by Stefen Wisniewski once again. While the offensive line looked pretty good without Seumalo, it seems like the injured lineman will have his reserved spot back when he officially returns. Although Seumalo had a limited practice on Thursday, he was practicing with the starters, and the Eagles hope that he will be healthy enough to play first-string.
Sidney Jones, CB
At this point, the Eagles probably could’ve officially shut down Jones for the year. With Rasul Douglas, Cre’von LeBlanc, and Maddox doing well, there’s no need for the Eagles to rush Jones back out onto the field while he is still struggling with his hamstring issues. Plus, he hasn’t practiced in weeks anyway.
Michael Bennett, DE
Michael Bennett has been dealing with a lingering foot injury ever since the final matchup against the New York Giants. Although he missed a few plays during that game, he hasn’t missed any games since he suffered the injury. Bennett didn’t practice at all this week and I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time he has. He’s going to be just fine unless something crazy happened.