At this point of our lives and our NFL fandom, we’ve all see enough football to know that, in a collision sport, injuries are bound to happen. That doesn’t mean that we want to see them on the Philadelphia Eagles roster or anyone else’s, nor does it mean that head coach Nick Sirianni won’t be asked about them at every turn, even if we’re fully aware of what his answers to those questions will look like.
Coach sat with several members of the media on the Wednesday leading up to Philly’s Week 13 home date versus the Tennessee Titans (December 4th). The first question asked was about Jordan Davis. The second question that he was asked referenced C.J. Gardner-Johnson. No one should be surprised.
When the playoffs begin, you’d like those guys to be present for the postseason march, and they will be. Having Avonte Maddox back wouldn’t hurt either. He’ll be back as well.
Philadelphia released their first injury report ahead of Week 13’s game on Wednesday. Four names were on it. All were limited participants even though the midweek session was a walk through: C.J. Gardner-Johnson (kidney), linebacker Patrick Johnson (ankle), Zach Pascal (groin), and DeVonta Smith (groin).
Here’s what Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni had to say about those often-discussed defensive injuries.
The Birds have endured some tough losses at key positions. We can also mention Dallas Goedert, but with the exception of Derek Barnett’s ACL tear, none of those injuries figure to be season-ending. That alone is a reason to smile.
Again, you’ve been following the Eagles for a while. As a result of that decision, you’ve gotten to know Nick Sirianni over these past two seasons better than you once did. That means you know any question about a player’s return or recovery will be answered with “I’m not going to put a timetable on anyone”, but hey, we’ve all been told, at some point, that the only unintelligent question is the one that goes unasked.
On the subject of Jordan Davis, the activation of his 21-day practice window, and the possibility of the rookie playing on Sunday, Coach said the following.
"Yeah, he’s doing a good job. He’s rehabbing. I’m not going to give anyone a timetable. We don’t have to make a decision quite yet about that, so we’ll see. We’re in walkthrough, so he’ll be out there today."
Here’s an update on C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
The next question was about how one goes about rehabbing from a lacerated kidney. As Sirianni stated, no one knows the answer of than to say rest is involved. Thankfully surgery isn’t needed, but with there being some rib damage as well. Several weeks could be missed.
Here’s one more thing worth mentioning. Avonte Maddox wasn’t mentioned during the sit-down, but just in case you’re keeping score, being placed on the Eagles injured reserve following Philly’s Week 9 clash with the Houston Texans means that he’s eligible for return after this next game. We’ll have to wait and see whether he suits up for a road game versus the New York Giants or not.