Nick Sirianni “Hopeful” Injured Eagles Ready for Playoffs
The Eagles hope to have avoided the worst-case scenario with a trio of players, including AJ Brown. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said he was hopeful Brown could be back on the field for Sunday's playoff game against Tampa.
"As far as DeVonta, as far as Cam, as far as A.J., we'll see as the week progresses, Sirianni said on Monday. "Obviously, bummed that Cam and A.J. had to come out and we obviously missed DeVonta yesterday. We need all hands on deck to do the things we want to do. We'll see how the week progresses. Hopeful on everybody. Obviously, besides Sydney. But we'll see, and I'll give you more information as the week continues to roll on."
In the aftermath of the injuries, which Sirianni acknowledged he was "bummed" about, it sounded like he was hopeful to have both of his wide receivers back on the field on Sunday.
If one of the two wideouts can't go on Sunday, Sirianni said that Quez Watkins would fill the role.
"We still know how much his speed can change the game and help open up other guys, and how that also can help himself open up," Sirianni explained. "So, yeah, we're confident in Quez if he has to go in and play a significant role, that he can go in and operate at a high level and, again, like you said, did a lot of good things yesterday, made a couple of really nice plays and had some nice block."
Watkins caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 18 loss to the Giants.
Brown left the game in the first quarter of Sunday's game with a knee injury, while Smith missed the game with mild ankle sprain.
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