The NFL's version of musical chairs continues... sort of. That's what it feels like every time we watch a Philadelphia Eagles game, glance at the initial injury reports as the next week's practice sessions take place, and every franchise releases its injury reports at about 4 or 5 p.m. EST. As has been the case all season, Philly's secondary is nursing its nicks and bruises. Don't look now, but Wednesday brings a slight surprise.
Darius Slay's knee is bothering him.
Now everyone calm down! There's nothing to see here. We think we've figured this out.
Darius 'Big Play' Slay highlights a list of two handfuls of Eagles that appear on the Week 6 injury report.
Like some strange or morbid version of Christmas, quitting time for much of the East Coast brings tidings from team doctors and the Eagles' social media team. Here we sit, waiting on an injury report like children sit and wait on a heavy-set guy in a red suit to slide down the chimney.
Shortly before 5 p.m. EST, the Birds gave us one.
Okay, here's where we think this is headed. We would hope that this is more of a precautionary move than anything. A veteran like Slay, at this stage of his career, doesn't need practice reps more than he needs to let himself heal. We'll see if he practices on Thursday.
He finished Week 5's game, so as a result, we'd expect him to sit out a session here or there, take a veteran's rest day and be back on the pplaying surface come Sunday.
In other words, let's make this plain. We don't expect him to miss Week 6's game versus the New York Jets. Don't quote us on that, but there seem to be no reports that this is serious
More Eagles injury news: Nakobe Dean could return to the lineup soon.
On Tuesday, Philly announced the activation of a 21-day practice window for Nakobe Dean. His return to the lineup could come sooner rather than later.
At any time during the next three weeks, Philly could elevate him from the injured reserve to the active roster. If they elect against doing so, he returns to the team's I.R. where he'll remain for the rest of the season.
Following a Week 1 foot injury, we were hearing that he was expected to miss about four weeks which seemingly puts him in position to return.