Wednesday Eagles Injury Report: 3 Important Players Listed As DNP
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles released their first Injury Report ahead of their second matchup with the Dallas Cowboys and features three important players listed as Did Not Participate for today's practice along with the return of an important defensive starter:
The return of Darius Slay is a big deal with the Eagles having to play without most of their starting Secondary in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But seeing Fletcher Cox, Josh Sweat, and Cameron Johnston listed as "Did Not Participate" at Eagles Practice is definitely concerning.
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson spoke about the status of Sweat and Johnston on Wednesday's Media Zoom Call:
Cam (Johnston) is in the [concussion] protocol, so that's really all I can say on that one. - Josh Sweat actually [has a] wrist injury, he's going to miss some time, maybe a couple of weeks but we'll see where he's at. He's definitely going to miss this week.
Sweat is having a breakout year in his third season with the Eagles with Six Sacks and Three Forced Fumbles along with Nine Tackles For Loss this season as part of the Defensive End Rotation for Jim Schwartz's defense.
Eagles Punter Cam Johnston has been top ten in the NFL in Yards Per Punt each of the last three seasons and having to play without him in Arizona seemed to impact the Eagles decisions on Fourth Downs down the stretch of the game. Doug Pederson was asked about the Eagles plans moving forward if they have to play without Johnston versus the Cowboys:
We obviously have a plan you know, in case Cam (Johnston) doesn't (play this Sunday). You saw in the game the other day, I thought Jake (Elliott) came in and did a really nice job being able to handle the punt situations. I think where it really pertains maybe a little bit more is your extra points and things like that. Maybe you go for two (point conversions) a time or two more. We've been through this before actually in the Cowboy game a couple years ago and actually lost our kicker in that game and made it through so there's a plan in place, but I'm hopeful that Cam makes it through, and we get him for the game.
A positive on the Eagles Offense today was seeing Rookie Wide Receiver Jalen Reagor back on the practice field, even if he was a Limited Participant. Reagor was unable to play most of the Fourth Quarter in Sunday's loss due to an Ankle Issue.
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson spoke about what Jalen Reagor has brought to the Eagles Offense this season and his value for the team:
Explosiveness with the screens, with the arounds. It would be great to connect on some of those deep balls. (Jalen Reagor is) getting in behind the secondary and he's doing a great job. His biggest thing is he continues to learn. He missed so much of the first half of the season so now he's put himself in a position to really be explosive for us and we just keep pushing along and plugging along and bring him along as well with the offense but we're starting to see those same plays show up.