Is Fletcher Cox Playing on Thursday Night Football? New Injury Updates for Eagles versus Vikings

With the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 2 game looming, we take a closer look at some injury news.

Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles walked into Week 1 of the NFL season healthy. That's what we wanted, A sloppy game in Foxborough produced a 25-20 victory, but this is one of those good news, bad news things. There is plenty of injury news to discuss in the aftermath. There's nothing bueno about that.

Nakobe Dean is on the injured reserve for at least four weeks, and with that, we're back to asking questions about his durability. That isn't what we wanted. but hey, what are you going to do? Football is a demolition derby, so it is what it is. Moving on...

We have known for a while that James Bradberry's concussion would rule him out of Philly's Thursday Night Football game. Wednesday's injury report confirmed that. It also corroborated a previous theory. Reed Blankenship and Kenny Gainwell will sit as both are working their way back from rib issues.

And, still there is more to discuss.

Fletcher Cox Injury Status for Week 2 game against Vikings

Hopefully, at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles are dropping a few more orders for flak jackets. The veteran, Fletcher Cox, is also dealing with rib issues. Unlike Reed and Kenny G, there's a chance that Fletch goes on Thursday.

Fletcher Cox injury history

Fletcher Cox turns 33 years young in December which is normally when we begin believing we need to send NFL stars to the glue factory. Fear not, if his performance in Week 1 is any indication, the old man may have some tread remaining on the tire.

Fletch's injury history isn't vey lengthy. We do, however, remember three that are worth noting. He suffered a grade one cranial concussion on Dec 23rd of 2012. He suffered a pedal ankle sprain/pull on October 9th of 2016 and a calf strain in September of 2017.

When is Fletcher Cox Coming Back?

Signs point to Cox playing in Week 2. That isn't a definite. We probably won't know his status until the inactives report is released 90 minutes ahead of kickoff, but there was optimism about him being in the lineup for this one. If he isn't the 11-day rest will do him some good, and he'll be back in the lineup for Monday Night Football versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to wrap Week 3.

Eagles Next 5 opponents

If Cox is able to return in the next five games, here's who he and the Eagles will be playing.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AWAY) - Monday, Sept 25th at 7:15 p.m. EST
  • Washington Commanders (HOME) - Sunday, Oct 1st at 1 p.m. EST
  • Los Angeles Rams (AWAY) - Sunday, Oct 8th at 4:05 p.m. EST
  • New York Jets (AWAY) - Sunday, Oct 15th at 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Miami Dolphins (HOME) - Sunday Oct 22nd at 8:20 p.m. EST

Vikings injury report

The Minnesota Vikings are also walking into Week 2's game on Thursday Night Football banged up. Their injury report is as follows.

  • Christian Darrisaw, offensive tackle (ankle) - STATUS: Out
  • Garrett Bradbury, center (back - STATUS: Questionable
  • Marcus Davenport, linebacker (ankle) - STATUS - Questionable