Eagles Monday Injury Report: Injuries Are Growing On Offense
Thanks to a shortened week of preparation to play on Thursday Night Football versus the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles released their first Injury Report on Monday with several important Offensive Players currently expected to be unavailable this week:
The Eagles had been leaning on Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz in past weeks with so many injuries on the offensive side of the ball; Reports are that Ertz and Sanders will miss games beyond just this Thursday Night:
The Eagles need as many players available as possible to play this Giants this week and two candidates to return are their veterans Wide Receivers; Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson have been Limited Participants at practice the last two weeks as they both are working their way back from injuries. Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson was asked on Monday by the media about the availability of Jackson, Jeffery, and Lane Johnson for the game on Thursday Night:
Well, obviously, Alshon and DeSean have been practicing with us and DeSean last week and so obviously optimistic. Short week. You don't know how guys are going to respond physically. We'll see where they are at because we don't -- with short weeks, we don't get actual live reps in practice, so we keep everything more of the traditional walk-through.
And so that's kind of where we're at. Lane Johnson is in that same boat with those two guys.
Two players who have been important players with their versatility the last few weeks with all the injuries on the Eagles are Jack Driscoll and Malik Jackson. Now it looks like the Eagles could be without them for this Thursday Night and possibly beyond:
With all the injuries on the offensive line, the media asked Doug Pederson on Monday about the status of Matt Pryor returning to play against the Giants:
I’ll tell you, it's difficult this week because it's a short week. If we get him back, it's hard to get the reps to be ready to be a starter. It would be different if we had a full week and we're playing on Sunday or Monday. It's just something that we have to look at and evaluate because some of these other guys are going to be getting the bulk of the reps today and tomorrow.