Noteworthy Eagles players on injured reserve include Darren Sproles, Chris Maragos, and Caleb Sturgis.
Oddly enough, the Eagles’ offense hasn’t suffered a ton without Sproles. Don’t get me wrong: it’d still be preferable to have the veteran offensive weapon around. But the Eagles have been able to make due.
Maragos is the team’s special teams captain. He suffered an injury in the Eagles-Panthers game. His absence is a big loss for the Eagles’ No. 1 ranked special teams unit.
Sturgis got hurt in the Eagles-Washington game in Week 1. The Eagles signed Jake Elliott off the Bengals’ practice squad to replace him. He’s made all 12 of his last 12 attempts including a 61-yard game-winner against the Giants in Week 3. Safe to say the rookie is working out just fine.
2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones is on the reserve/non-football injury list. It sounds like he’s not close to practicing just yet.
The Injury Report
Four Eagles players were ruled questionable: Ronald Darby, Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks, and Wendell Smallwood.
The likelihood that Darby plays seems doubtful. You all saw how he was carted off the field in Week 1. He only returned to practice this week so I just don’t think he’s ready to play yet. I’d say there’s like a 10% chance he suits up. Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas will continue to start at cornerback with Darby out. Patrick Robinson could also see some time on the outside in addition to taking snaps in the slot.
Hicks told reporters he’ll play on Monday despite being limited in practice this week. He’s obviously responsibility for lining up the defense as the team’s starting middle linebacker.
Kendricks suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week. He was full go on Saturday, however, so I’d think he’ll play.
Smallwood is set to play for the first time since Week 4. His return means less snaps for Kenjon Barner and Corey Clement, which is a good thing for the Eagles offense. Smallwood isn’t some incredible running back but he’s the team’s best receiving option of the backfield. He’s arguably their top pass blocker as well. Smallwood’s expected return gives Carson Wentz another option in the passing game.
Everyone else is ready to play. Lane Johnson will start at right tackle after being out in Week 6. Starting defensive tackles Tim Jernigan and Fletcher Cox will both start after dealing with some injuries lately.