The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and closing official harm report on Friday upfront of their Week 17 sport in opposition to the New Orleans Saints.
The massive information is that Jalen Hurts is DOUBTFUL to play after being restricted for the second day in a row.
And so it seems like Gardner Minshew shall be beginning at quarterback as soon as once more. Which looks as if the correct solution to deal with this example.
It was at all times mentioned that Hurts would possible must miss not less than two video games whereas recovering from his shoulder harm. Nobody can doubt his toughness or will to play … however the Eagles have to be sensible and shield him from additional harm.
Minshew performed effectively sufficient in Week 16 to assist the Eagles acquire 442 yards and rating 27 factors in opposition to the No. 2 protection ranked by DVOA. He ought to be adequate to assist lead the Eagles to a house win over the Saints.
Whereas Hurts’ uncertain standing just isn’t a optimistic improvement for him this week, it does appear to bode effectively for his future outlook. Ought to the Eagles in some way lose to New Orleans (sorry for placing that out into the universe), he might be able to play in Week 18 in opposition to the New York Giants if vital.
After all, the Eagles are hoping they will clinch the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoff image with a win this Sunday. They might then have the choice of resting Hurts till the Eagles’ first playoff sport on both January 21 or January 22. He would have loads of time to heal in that case.
Two gamers had been dominated OUT: Lane Johnson and Avonte Maddox.
No surprises right here.
Johnson is out till the Eagles’ first playoff sport. It stays to be seen how the Eagles will deal with his absence. They’ll go together with considered one of two paths: 1) begin Jack Driscoll at proper deal with … or … 2) transfer Jordan Mailata to proper deal with and begin Andre Dillard at left deal with. The Eagles would possibly really feel that Dillard is best than Driscoll and thus intention to get their finest 5 offensive linemen on the sphere. After all, the draw back there may be altering two totally different spots versus one.
Maddox is alleged to be “out indefinitely.” If the Eagles find yourself placing him on IR earlier than 4:00 PM Japanese on Saturday, he received’t be eligible to be activated till the Tremendous Bowl. They could simply choose to maintain him on the roster with the hope he could possibly play within the NFC Championship Recreation. With Maddox out, Josiah Scott figures to be the beginning nickel cornerback … though Okay’Von Wallace might additionally see enjoying time in that position. No matter who’s enjoying within the slot, the Saints will certainly be trying to go after that man.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was eligible to have his 21-day observe window activated this week however that didn’t occur. And so he’ll miss a fifth straight sport.
Miles Sanders was upgraded to full participation on Friday and is listed and not using a sport standing. He’s able to go. Ditto for A.J. Brown.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
OT Lane Johnson (groin)
CB Avonte Maddox (toe)
QB Jalen Hurts (proper shoulder)
DE Derek Barnett
S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
P Arryn Siposs
DT Marlon Tuipulotu
DE Robert Quinn
Barnett is out for the yr as a result of nature of his ACL harm. CJGJ is recovering from a lacerated kidney and is now eligible to return however seemingly isn’t able to play. Siposs will miss not less than the remainder of the common season as a consequence of struggling an ankle injruy. Tuipulotu is out for the yr as a result of nature of his knee harm. Quinn is coping with a knee harm and is eligible to return in Week 18 on the earliest.
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
T/G Brett Toth
The Eagles have but to activate Toth’s 21-day observe window.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
Alvin Kamara returned to observe on Friday after lacking Wednesday and Thursday. The Saints’ main rusher is listed and not using a sport standing and can play in Philly.
The Saints dominated out beginning security Marcus Maye, who has a 80.3 passer ranking when focused this yr. Maye’s prime backup, Justin Evans, is questionable after being restricted in observe all week. So, the Saints may be right down to a fourth possibility at security subsequent to Tyrann Mathieu.
The Saints additionally dominated out beginning left guard Andrus Peat. New Orleans is already lacking beginning proper guard Cesar Ruiz, who’s on injured reserve. The Eagles want to have the ability to get after their inside offensive line.
Main receiver Chris Olave and Professional Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore are each questionable to play after being restricted in observe all week. The Eagles shall be catching a giant break if considered one of them or neither of them find yourself enjoying. It’ll be value seeing in the event that they’re up or not when inactives are introduced 90 minutes previous to the 1:00 PM kickoff.
Beginning linebacker Pete Werner, who ranks third on the Saints in tackles regardless of lacking 5 video games, can be questionable after being restricted in observe this week. One other key title to look at.
S Marcus Maye (shoulder)
OG Andrus Peat (ankle)
RB Dwayne Washington (sickness)
S Justin Evans (shoulder)
CB Marshon Lattimore (stomach)
WR Chris Olave (hamstring)
LB Pete Werner (hamstring)
LB Zack Baun
OL Ethan Greenidge
WR/RS Deonte Harty
DT Albert Huggins
RB Mark Ingram II
LB D’Marco Jackson
WR Jarvis Landry
S Smoke Monday
C/G Cesar Ruiz
WR Michael Thomas
As you’ll be able to see, the Saints have quite a few recognizable names on IR. They’re lacking beginning large receivers Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas, beginning proper guard Cesar Ruiz, second operating again Mark Ingram, and harmful return man Deonte Harty (née Deonte Harris).
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