Eagles Injury Report vs Lions: Mathews, Ertz Ruled Out,
Sam Bradford was recently cleared of his concussion and participated fully in Wednesday's practice, but it's anyone's guess if he'll start on Thanksgiving day against the Lions.
Bradford is listed as questionable, which technically amounts to an estimated 50/50 chance that he will be available. Coach Pat Shurmur, however, didn't want to commit to either quarterback when asked about the starter yesterday.
"Again, I'm not trying to mislead you," Shurmur said. "I've been through this before. I'd love to give you an answer and say, ‘So and so is starting.’ But I don't want to do that and then it's not correct. You can understand where I'm coming from.
Bradford has been dealing with both a concussion and injured shoulder and missed last week's game against the Buccaneers.
Also listed as questionable entering Thursday's game against Detroit are Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Kelce missed the past two days of practice this week, Peters did practice fully the past two days after being limited on Monday.
Zrtz, Mathews ruled out
One man's absence is another man's opportunity. Running back Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will have theirs again on Thursday with Ryan Mathews unavailable due to a concussion. Barner, a former Oregon Duck, was promoted from the practice squad last week when Mathews miss the Tampa Bay game. Shurmur said the rotation against Detroit, will look similar without Mathews.
"If we have the same combination of guys," Shurmer explained. "Then you're going to see [RB] DeMarco [Murray], [RB Darren] Sproles and then [RB] Kenjon [Barner] in there until we add [RB] Ryan Mathews back to the mix."
Ertz's was cleared to attend team meetings this week, but typically the NFL concussion protocol takes at least five days, so him playing was pretty much out-of-the-question.
"I think if Zach is out, safe to say we might veer a little bit more toward 11," Shurmur explained on the personnel with Ertz out.
(John McMullen discussed the Eagles injuries on the Sports Bash)
Wednesday Status Report
TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)
QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)
LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)