For those teams who are fortunate enough to make it this far, this is where health really comes into play. As we head into championship game weekend with the best squads in the business still remaining, the healthiest teams could be the ones advancing to the Super Bowl. With that, we turn our attention to Avonte Maddox.
Back in Week 16, Philadelphia Eagles fans had the wind taken out of their sails when Philly lost offensive Lane Johnson to an adductor injury and Avonte Maddox to a toe injury while simultaneously losing to the Dallas Cowboys. Luckily, the All-Pro right tackle was able to shrug off surgery and make his way back for the NFL playoffs. Avonte’s injury would take longer to heal.
Philly has gotten healthy at the right time, but one question mark still remained. Will Maddox be able to suit up for the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers? It appears that we have our answer.
Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox is good to go for Philly’s game versus the 49ers
Seeing Lane Johnson and Avonte Maddox suffer relatively significant injuries against the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve was tough. Avonte Maddox sustained a toe injury and has not been able to make his way back onto the field ever since — Most recently, he missed the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Eagles game against the New York Giants.
Now, the Eagles have all hands on deck as they face the hottest team in the NFL. The 49ers won 10 straight games to close out the regular season and are looking for their third playoff win of the year. Fortunately, Philadelphia has a healthy roster for Sunday.
Though Maddox has been out of commission for over a month, he was a full participant during Friday’s practice session after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s also worth noting that he participated in team drills in practice early this week and he didn’t seem to be hampered by his toe injury. All signs point to him playing against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Meanwhile, the 49ers don’t seem to be having quite as much luck right now as their top running backs Christian McCaffrey (calf) and Elijah Mitchell (groin) both missed the first two days of practice this week. This could be for precautionary measures, but they are clearly dealing with some minor injuries they sustained last weekend. Four other players — including stud WR Deebo Samuel — have been limited as well.
The Philadelphia Eagles already have a strong roster and a loaded secondary, but they’ll be aided by their starting slot cornerback at the most pivotal time of the year so far. Let’s hope Avonte Maddox is one-hundred percent ready as the Eagles face their toughest opponent all season.