In the days leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Divisional Round Game versus the New York Giants, you would have never known that Jalen Hurts or Lane Johnson were injured had someone not told you. You wouldn’t have known the top-seeded Birds were supposed to be feeling the pressure of having lost two of their final three games of the regular season. You may not have thought Avonte Maddox was simply resting but had every intention of giving it a go on Saturday.
Maddox didn’t participate in Thursday’s practice session or the one that preceded it on Wednesday, but there’s been this feeling that has existed for a while.
It was never believed that Avonte would play versus the Giants this past weekend, but there was a vibe that suggested that he was nearing a return. A Christmas Eve toe injury sustained versus the Dallas Cowboys sent him to the showers early, but he was never added to the injured reserve. Now, here we are, less than four days from the NFC Championship Game, and a familiar face is back to work.
Avonte Maddox is listed as a limited participant on the Eagles’ Wednesday injury report ahead of the NFC Championship Game.
It’s hard to know what one should gauge from injury reports that follow walkthroughs, but we’ll take our victories wherever we can find them. Avonte Maddox was listed as ‘limited’ on Philadelphia’s injury report on Wednesday as was Lane Johnson who will continue to deal with his groin injury for the remainder of the season.
While this is no guarantee that he’d be back on the field versus the San Francisco 49ers for his team during the NFC Championship Game, seeing his progress is a reason to smile. If he can’t give it a go, the additional rest suggests that he may be back in the lineup for Super Bowl LVII if the Eagles can qualify. Fingers are crossed this way.