Eagles are healthy as Week 1’s game approaches (The Lions are not)

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Hopefully, the days have been flying by for you. It seems like it took forever for the NFL season to arrive, but we made it. The first Philadelphia Eagles‘ game of their campaign, one scheduled for September 11th at 1 p.m. EST, will be here before you know it.

People are worried, mainly because some believe, based on the way the Birds and Lions have chosen to attack the offseason, that Detroit, who has held a more intense version of training camp, is in better ‘football shape’ and in a better position from a physical standpoint to play the first game.

Others argue another theory, that the Eagles are the better team and that will carry them to victory. Sure, Dan Campbell is a heck of a motivational speaker, but can he coach?

Ultimately, both he and Nick Sirianni seem to agree on something. Having better players makes a head coach better at his job, and when you look at things in that light, Philadelphia has a huge advantage over the Lions.

The Eagles are healthier than the Lions with Week 1’s game on the horizon.

With a few days separating us from Eagles football, everyone is monitoring the health of both teams. The Birds are healthy. Jason Kelce will start. Miles Sanders returned to practice this week.

The latter appeared on Thursday’s Eagles injury report along with three other Birds as a full participant. Javon Hargrave (toe) and Derek Barnett (ribs) were full participants as well. Josiah Scott (hamstring) was limited.

On the Lions’ side, their injury report is a little longer. Starting right guard Tommy Kramer (back) sat out of both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice sessions as did defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike (back). Starting center Frank Ragnow (groin) was limited on Wednesday and out on Thursday.

Safety Ifeatu Melifonwu (hamstring) and linebacker Julian Okwara (hamstring) were limited in both sessions. Defensive lineman John Cominsky (illness) was a full participant on Thursday. Linebacker Chris Board (knee) and kicker Austin Seibert (right groin) were both elevated from being ‘limited’ on Wednesday to full participants on Thursday.

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For the better part of the offseason, we’ve spent the majority of our time learning to trust Philadelphia Eagles vice president/general manager Howie Roseman. For the most part, everything worked out fairly well. Perhaps we should be patient with the head coach as well.

Nick Sirianni knows his team better than we do. We’re sure they’ll be ready. In the meantime, his top priority was getting his team to Week 1 healthy, and for the most part, it seems as though he’s accomplished his mission.