At no fault of their own, the Philadelphia Eagles keep hearing their name in the same sentence as one of the ugliest two-word phrases in football lore, ‘short week’. Following a postponed game in Week 15 that, fortunately, didn’t conclude with a loss, the Birds prepare for their second divisional clash in a six-day span.
Philly’s been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the New York Giants again ever since they dropped a game that they had no business losing in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium in Week 12.
Here comes one of those overused phrases that you’re, no doubt, sick of hearing. The NFL’s regular season isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. As Philly moves through this playoff push, their goal is to come out on the winning side in this war of attrition, so expect to see some extra care paid to those nagging injuries.
Let’s talk about where the Birds are from a health standpoint.
Two starters on the offense sit out of Philadelphia Eagles’ practice.
Thursday’s practice was a walkthrough for the Eagles, but there are a few things to talk about on the injury report. Quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) and tight end Jack Stoll (knee) were limited participants. Veterans Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, and Jason Kelce were given rest days.
Ryan Kerrigan was a non-participant due to an ‘illness’. As you know, he’s now on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list.
We can live with that. There’s not a whole lot that they can be taught at this point right? It’s safe to assume that they’ll be ready for Sunday, so no worries there.
Veteran running back Jordan Howard continues to trend towards 100% health despite that knee injury. He was a full participant at practice.
That brings us to starting left tackle Jordan Mailata and running back Miles Sanders. They were given the ‘DNP’ (did not participate) designation. Mailata is dealing with an ankle issue. Sanders’ ankle appears to be fine, but now his quad is a concern. Sitting them out of Thursday’s walkthrough appears to be a precautionary measure.
Jordan was asked during a Friday afternoon presser if he was playing on Sunday. His response? “Of course, mate. That’s a ridiculous question”. Sanders is expected to play on Sunday as well.
Bookmark this one. Once Friday’s status report is released, we’ll be sure to provide an update at the tail-end of this story.
Update: Friday, December 24th at 3:15 p.m. EST
Sanders and Mailata sit out of another practice, but again, we expect them to play in Week 16 versus New York. The Eagles also activate Landon Dickerson from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.