Eagles lose team captain for Week 5's game but are showing interest in former nemesis

The Eagles will have to battle the Rams in Week 5 without one of their captains. Meanwhile, it appears that they may have a former rival in their crosshairs.
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It appears the Philadelphia Phillies' pitching rotation isn't the only crew with a few curveballs up their sleeves. The City of Brotherly Love's football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, has a few changeups and fastballs of their own. Wednesday's injury report wasn't as heavy as it was this time last week, but seeing wide receiver/punt returner Britain Covey, offensive lineman Cam Jurgens, and interior defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu listed as nonparticipants at Wednesday's practice kind of jumped out at us.

Then, there's one of the defensive captains, Fletcher Cox. He's dealing with a back injury, and according to JAKIB Sports' Derrick Gunn, he underwent a procedure that we're hoping only keeps him out of action in Week 5.

Hey, there are no days off at the NovaCare Complex.

Here are a few details on Fletcher Cox's injury.

Okay, so here's what we want to do. Look at this as one of those good news and bad news scenarios. The bad news is Fletch's back injury will indeed keep him out of action versus Philly's next game, one to be played versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Here's the report from Gunn and some accompanying info from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

"Eagles DL Fletcher Cox underwent an epidural injection procedure this week to alleviate discomfort he'd been experiencing in his back over the past couple weeks, source said. If he has to miss any time, the expectation is it's not more than one game."

via @RapSheet on X

Cox has enjoyed relatively healthy career. He has appeared in all but three games over the past five seasons, and one of those absences came in the 2021-2022 regular-season finale when the Birds has secured a playoff berth and elected to rest their starters.

Don't look at this as physical regression. Cox has played well both last season and during the current campaign. Philly released its most recent injury report on Thursday.

One good changeup deserves another curveball. There's even more to discuss on Thursday.

Here's another update. The Eagles are showing interest in a former rival, edge rusher Randy Gregory.

Here's something else of note. The Birds have their eyes peeled and may be looking to add to the defensive wheelhouse. According to our main man, the always-entertaining Dan Sileo, Michael Irvin has told him that Philly has shown interest in former Dallas Cowboys star/current Denver Broncos edge rusher Randy Gregory.

This comes a day after Philly officially announced the signing of Bradley Roby. Howie Roseman always keeps his eyes peeled, and if Gregory is more interested in being in Philly than he seems to be in rocking out with the Broncos, this could make some waves. That is if Gregory isn't just aging and potentially another Ryan Kerrigan or, dare we say, Robert Quinn.