The big news is that Jalen Hurts was questionable to play.
Hurts was again restricted on Friday after previously being restricted on Wednesday and Thursday.
Again, all indications seem to point to Hurts being played. Took the first team reps this week. His teammates were optimistic about his chances of dressing up. Including Gardner Minshew:
FWIW: Galen Hurts didn’t speak today. Gardner Minshaw did. Minshew looked as if Hurts was going to play, saying I’m excited to see him…then stopped himself # nobles
– Ed Kracz (@kracz) January 6, 2023
Furthermore, Nick Siriani said that Hurts “Heading in the right directionTo play on Sunday.
That Hurts wasn’t a full participant at all this week isn’t the most comforting development. One could worry that the Eagles are putting Hurts up for reinjury (or worse) by taking him out there.
The Eagles will likely be hoping they can get a big lead with Hurts starting so they can finally get him out of the game while keeping the game’s top seed. NFC match image.
Five players were eliminated from this week’s game: Josh Sweet, Lynn Johnson, Avonte Maddox, Shawn Bradley and Janarius Robinson.
There was never a valid reason for Sweat to play this game a week after he was hospitalized with a neck injury. The Eagles are doing the right thing by being careful here.
Johnson will be out until the playoffs begin. Jack Driscoll will start at right tackle until he returns.
It is unclear if/when Maddox will return. The Eagles seem to be hoping he can play in the NFC Championship game, if not sooner. Josiah Scott could start to nickel again… unless the Eagles opted to activate CJ Gardner-Johnson from injured reserve and put him in the slot. we will see.
Bradley was restricted to Wednesday and Thursday before being demoted to no practice on Friday. It looks like the Eagles could place him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot. Bradley’s season ends if he goes to IR at this point (unless the Eagles blow a top seed clinch…then he can come back in power.)
Earlier this season, Robinson was hit in relief when the Eagles needed to clear a roster spot for Andre Dillard to return from IR. Now Robinson is suddenly hurting as the Eagles look to free up multiple roster spots. Robinson will likely go to the IR before Saturday’s game.
Miles Sanders was upgraded to full engagement on Friday and is listed without game status.
The Eagles’ lead will play linebacker against the Giants. He may be on to something of a workload constraint, however, it seems he was against New Orleans Saints.
CJ Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn are eligible for roster activation for this week’s match.
It remains to be seen if they both return from IR. The Eagles may want to give CJGJ another week off. Getting Quinn back would be ideal with the loss of Sweat for this game; The Eagles could use more defensive end depth. The Eagles can also activate Brett Toth from the PUP but there is no rush to do so; They already have 10 offensive linemen on the roster. [UPDATE: The Eagles actually only have nine after waiving Sua Opeta, which occurred as I was typing this.]
Eagle injury report in Philadelphia (Friday)
LB Shaun Bradley (wrist)
OT Lynn Johnson (thigh)
CB Avonte Maddox (toe)
De Janarius Robinson (ankle)
De Gauche Sweet (Neck)
QB Jalen Hurts (right shoulder)
S CJ Gardner-Johnson (set to return)
P Arryn Siposs
DT Marlon Tuipoloto
Robert Quinn (set to return)
Barnett was absent from the year due to the nature of his anterior cruciate ligament injury. CJGJ’s training window has been activated on January 4th and there is a chance to play against the giants. Cepos will miss at least the rest of the regular season due to an ankle injury. Tuipulotu is absent for the year due to the nature of his knee injury. Quinn’s January 4 training window has been activated and there is an opportunity to play against the Giants.
Reserve / physically unable to perform
T/G Brett Toth (set to return)
The Eagles activated Toth’s January 4 training window. The Eagles likely aren’t in a rush to activate him as much as they are setting him up to have him ready in case they need more depth in the offensive line.
New York Giants injury report (Friday)
The latest news about rookies potentially resting giants, via Big Blue View:
Ryan Dunleavy from the New York Post Giants are expected to be reported To rest several of their main entrees this week. Dunleavy reports that many of the starters have already been told they’ll get a break this week, and that Tyrod Taylor could get a starting nod against the Eagles.
There is no shock there.
The Giants have officially ruled two starters out of the field: edge rusher Aziz Ogullari and defensive tackle Leonard Williams. Ojulari ranks second on the team in sacks while Williams is a key player in inside tackles. And it’s not like the Giants are loaded with a deep defensive line.
Starting Cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson’ is full of fun to play.
Starting center John Feliciano is questionable to play.
OLB Aziz Ogullari (Ankle)
DL Leonard Williams (neck)
CB Adore Jackson (knee)
C. John Feliciano (back)
LB Darian Beavers
OL Joshua Ezeudu
WR Colin Johnson
OG Shane Lemieux
OL Marcus McKeithan
Cb Aaron Robinson
WR Wan’Dale Robinson
WR Sterling Shepherd
DL Nick Williams
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