What seemed like a minor setback for Alshon Jeffery is turning out to be more of a severe injury at this point.
Injuries have defined the Philadelphia Eagles over the last few years. In 2019, the situation is no different. With multiple key players already on the injured reserve, the weekly injury report is beginning to stack up some prominent names as well.
You would think the Eagles would be coming back from the bye week more healthy than they were heading into it, but we seem to be dealing with the opposite effect. Suddenly, there are more injuries to the offense this week that stem from the Chicago matchup two weeks back.
As we know, running back Darren Sproles is out for the year at this point as he deals with a quadricep injury. Also, Jordan Howard appeared on the report as well as he’s dealing with a shoulder stinger, leaving him unable to be cleared for contact right now.
Then, worst of all, the Eagles No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery is dealing with an ankle injury, which he suffered during the fourth quarter of the Chicago game. Earlier in the week, it seemed like Jeffery’s injury was just minor, but now he’s gone through three practices without participating. At this point, it’s becoming evident the veteran wideout may miss this week’s game.
The Eagles could head into their matchup against the Patriots without their top two wide receivers this Sunday. That leaves them rolling with Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Mack Hollins as their top three options.
Considering two of those wideouts haven’t caught a pass since September, the Eagles’ passing game could be in tons of trouble against one of the league’s best defenses. Ideally, Jeffery pushes through his ankle injury and returns for Sunday, but at this point, that seems unlikely.