3 Philadelphia Eagles ruled out for Week 15, 3 thoughts

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The Week 15 fates of three Philadelphia Eagles have been decided.

After seeing the Philadelphia Eagles‘ injury reports shrink to a few names over the past few weeks, things appear to be headed in a familiar direction. Since Philly’s Super Bowl run, 2018, 2019, and now, the 2020 season share the same script. The Birds are pretty banged up when the campaign starts, guys get healthy at about the midway point, and regardless of how many players are able to work their way back onto the field, somehow, this team is always back to being banged up at season’s end.

On Friday, the Eagles’ status report had 11 names on it. Jack Driscoll and Avonte Maddox were already ruled out as they’ve been added to the team’s IR (injured reserve). Three other Eagles carried the ‘questionable’ designation (Grayland Arnold, Darius Slay, and Malik Jackson). On Saturday morning, we learned the fates of Arnold, Slay, and running back Jason Huntley. They’re all ruled out and didn’t travel with the team to Glendale.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Let’s talk about three of about twenty immediate reactions that follow the news.

Here’s some of what all of this means for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15.

1.Okay, let’s talk about replacements in that banged-up secondary.

According to another team report, one that dropped shortly before lunchtime on Saturday on the East Coast, Philadelphia has elevated cornerback Jameson Houston and a safety, Blake Countess, from the practice squad to the active roster for Week 15’s game.

Don’t expect them to play too much unless there’s an emergency, but if this team has taught us anything over the past few years, it’s this. Anything is possible. They had better be ready.

2. So tell us more about Kevon Seymour.

As you might imagine, everyone has been talking about Kevon Seymour a lot this week. No Slay or Maddox means Seymour will see significant playing time.

Everyone’s been very complimentary about what he’s been able to provide in practice, and that’s a good thing. Still, we’ll have to wait and see how that translates to Week 15’s game versus a high-powered Arizona Cardinals offense.

3. Please refamiliarize yourselves with Jalen Mills.

The Eagles coaches, particularly defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, have all been pretty tight-lipped about the game plan this week, as you’d expect, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that all of the player ommissions from the gameday roster mean Jalen Mills will likely start at cornerback.

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That won’t excite everyone that identifies themselves as a Philadelphia Eagles fan, but they truly have no other choice. In addition to everyone that’s already been named, the Eagles will also have Michael Jacquet, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Elijah Riley available. All hands will be needed on this one as Cards receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and DeAndre Hopkins pose a huge test for the Eagles defense.