The Eagles' initial injury report included a quartet of defenders who were held out of practice.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (neck), linebacker T.J. Edwards (hamstring), cornerback Michael Jacquet (hamstring) and safety Rudy Ford (hamstring) did not practice. Right guard Jason Peters (toe), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (calf), and cornerback Darius Slay (knee) were limited participants.

Cox met with the media on Wednesday, so his absence was likely precautionary. However, Edwards and Jacquet's game day status will be worth monitoring.

Edwards has battled through a hamstring issue in recent weeks but has paired nicely with Alex Singleton to form a competent linebacker tandem. With Edwards on the mend and fellow linebacker Davion Taylor landing on injured reserve with a knee injury, numbers are dwindling at the position. It's still early in the week, but rookie Shaun Bradley would likely get the start if Edwards can't go.

A special teams standout, Bradley has appeared in every game this season. The Temple product has logged 55 defensive snaps, 32 of which came in Week 6 against the Ravens.

Should Jacquet and Slay be unavailable this week, the cornerback pairing would probably be Avonte Maddox and Jalen Mills.

On the offensive side, Doug Pederson offered an interesting response in regards to the status of Alshon Jeffery and Jason Peters in his Wednesday Zoom call with reporters:

"Well, with those two guys I got to see today just how they're feeling. I know both those guys are sore and I haven't made a firm commitment yet either way. So, it could be another change, it's always a possibility. Like I said we'll have the next guy up, we'll have them ready to go and hopefully these guys get healthy this week and can give us something in the game."

With the two veterans limited and potentially out of the picture against the Saints, the two biggest beneficiaries would be wide receiver Travis Fulgham and guard Nate Herbig. Fulgham has cooled off immensely after a mid-season, four-game eruption, and the return of Jeffery has undoubtedly factored into his lack of production. Herbig has been a pleasant surprise in his eight starts and would arguably be an upgrade over Peters at this point -- injury aside.

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