The Eagles have accrued a laundry list of injuries to begin 2019.

The extent of which some teams won’t have to face over multiple seasons, let alone within the first 7 weeks. As detailed below, 16 players are either still injured or have missed time with injury. It is obscene for a team to have to deal with this many important players going down before the season has even hit the half-way point, but here we are.

The players injured will be placed into 3 categories: injured but on the active roster, currently on IR, and players that are healthy now but have missed time due to injury.

Injured, but on the Active Roster

During his Monday press conference, Doug Pederson guessed that none of the 7 injured players that missed the Dallas game will practice on Wednesday or Thursday this week leading up to the Bills game. Those players include:

DeSean Jackson, WR

This is the big one- he teased the Eagles with a huge week 1 performance and hasn’t been on the field since (except for 11 measly snaps in week 2). His return is TBD. He was originally labeled day-to-day with an abdominal strain, but it would be a surprise if he returned before the bye, which is in 3 weeks. 

Timmy Jernigan, DT

Jernigan also has not been seen since week 2, with his injury being a broken foot. He most likely won’t return until mid-November. 

Avonte Maddox, CB

Maddox received a concussion and hurt his neck after an egregious friendly fire from teammate/human torpedo Andrew Sendejo in week 4. Doug said he’s still in the concussion protocol, so expect him to be out the next couple weeks as well. 

Darren Sproles, RB

Sproles suffered a quad strain against the Jets in week 5 and was considered week-to-week by Pederson. If you recall from a year ago, Sproles missed two months with a hamstring that was “day-to-day,” so Sproles returning anytime soon should be considered a surprise. 

Jason Peters, OT

Peters hurt his knee against the Vikings in week 6 and was also labeled week-to-week by Pederson. Rookie Andre Dillard started in his place and flashed a little, but clearly showed he needs to add more strength as he was abused on bull-rushes. He figures to start up until the bye week.

Nigel Bradham, LB

Bradham left the Vikings game in a walking boot, but Pederson said he was day-to-day and had a chance to play the following week against the Cowboys. Bradham ended up being inactive, but of the players on this list, he is the only one with a real chance at playing this upcoming game against the Bills. 

Hassan Ridgeway, DT

Ridgeway was the backup to Jernigan, who was the backup to Malik Jackson. Now he is out for a couple weeks after injuring his knee against Dallas. 


Of the 3 detailed below, only LeBlanc will return this season. 

Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB

LeBlanc came on strong to end 2018 as a mid-season free-agent pickup. His role heading into this season was unclear as he was the starting slot corner last year, but assuming full health that starting role goes to Maddox. He most likely would have been Maddox’s backup, but he would have been useful considering all the bodies at CB that have gone down. He hurt his foot on the first day of training camp and is out until at least after week 8, which is when he is allowed to start practicing. It is unclear when he will return, though.

Malik Jackson, DT

The Eagles had high hopes for Jackson as a stud DT next to superstar Fletcher Cox. Unfortunately, Jackson suffered a foot injury in week 1 and is out for the rest of the season. With Jackson, Jernigan, and Ridgeway all hurt the Eagles are onto their 4th DT starting next to Cox. 

Corey Clement, RB

Clement suffered a shoulder injury in week 2 against Atlanta and ended up being placed on IR about a month later. He had lost his role on offense but was the primary kick returner, a job which has now gone to rookie Miles Sanders.

Healthy Now, but Have Missed Time

These next 6 are all currently healthy, but at one point this season missed time with an injury. 

Jalen Mills, CB

Mills originally hurt his foot in October 2018 and went on to miss almost an entire year. He was placed on the PUP to begin the season, but was recently activated and started the Eagles week 7 matchup against Dallas. Although he was beaten deep on a beautiful throw and catch by Amari Cooper, Mills held his own and impressed for someone who had not played in a calendar year. A healthy Mills will start the rest of the season and is a favorite of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB

Kamu suffered a grade 3 MCL sprain during training camp and ended up returning in week 4 against Green Bay. He looked great during camp but has yet to regain that form as he works his way back from the injury. The Eagles could really use Kamu to start playing like he did during camp as the Eagles LBs have struggled recently. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR

He essentially missed weeks 2 and 3 with a calf injury. The Eagles lost both of these games against Atlanta and Detroit, respectively. He returned in week 4 and has been in the lineup ever since. To the naked eye, Jeffery still doesn’t quite look like he is running at 100%, but he was never a burner, to begin with so it is hard to tell. He could really use a healthy Djax to open the field as he has been unable to get anything going beyond 10 yards downfield.

Dallas Goedert, TE

Similar to Jeffery, Goedert also missed the majority of weeks 2 and 3 with a calf injury but has returned for every game since. Aside from an ugly drop in the end-zone in week 3, Goedert has played well in his limited snaps, especially as a blocker.  

Ronald Darby, CB

Darby hurt his hamstring in week 3 against the Lions and has yet to return to the lineup. He was active in the most recent game against Dallas, but he was only to be used in an emergency situation if the Eagles suffered more injuries at the position. Since nobody got hurt he did not end up playing a snap. Once fully healthy he figures to start opposite Mills, which could come as soon as this Sunday in Buffalo. Unfortunately, in the 3 games he has played so far he did not look good. 

Sidney Jones, CB

Along with Maddox, Jones was injured in week 4 against the Packers when he pulled his hamstring. He technically returned the following week against the Jets, but similar to the Darby situation above he did not play at all and was active on an emergency basis only. As far as Jones’s role moving forward, it looks as though he has been benched. He was deemed completely healthy by coach Pederson but did not see the field at all this past week in Dallas.

After reviewing every injury suffered so far, the positions that were hit the hardest were CB and DT, with WR in there as well. Cox is now on his 4th DT starting next to him, a year after he was constantly double-teamed due to lack of production at the second DT spot. After the most recent injury to Ridgeway, the Eagles signed two players that have yet to play a single snap in the NFL in Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins. Rush was signed off the Raiders practice squad, and Huggins off the Texans. 

In 2018 the Eagles suffered a comical number of injuries to the CB position, and that trend has continued in 2019. The list above features 5 of the Eagles top 6 CBs, all 5 of whom did not play in week 5 against the Jets. Luckily, the Jets are a mockery of a football team that had Luke Falk as the starting QB and could not capitalize on the Eagles injuries. 

Unluckily for the Eagles, it is uncertain how much getting healthy can even help at this position. Jones has been benched after a multiple game stretch of poor play prior to the hamstring injury, Darby wasn’t much better when he was playing, Mills spent all of his time in 2018 getting torched deep, and LeBlanc has only played well for about half a season after being a journeyman to start his career. 

This does not even mention the Eagles only CB who has stayed healthy this entire time in Rasul Douglas. He was beaten deep for 2TDs by Stefon Diggs against the Vikings and was beat deep again a week later in Dallas by Amari Cooper. It is no surprise the Eagles were in on the Jalen Ramsey sweepstakes, and are still rumored to be in the market for a CB. Just because they are getting healthy at the CB position does not necessarily mean their secondary issues are fixed.

As for the WRs, they have only lost two to injury but losing both starting outside receivers is tough to overcome. As mentioned previously, the Eagles lost both games Djax and Jeffery missed. Losing Djax especially hurts as he changes the entire dynamic of the offense. The Eagles can replace Jeffery’s big body with TEs Zach Ertz and Goedert, and to a lesser extent JJ Arcega-Whiteside (who, admittedly, did nothing in the 2 games Jeffery missed), but the Eagles have no replacement for Djax’s speed. In his absence, the offense has not gotten anything going deep, and the field seems compressed as an opposing defense is not worried about the long ball. 

They have tried to use Agholor as their deep threat, but he has been terrible. He shows no instincts to track the ball in the air, and, even worse, he has had a number of drops in key moments. Getting Djax back would be huge for an offense that has not been at full strength since week 1.

Overall, the Eagles have had 16 players miss time with injuries. 8 of the 16 are both currently injured and a starter at one point, with an additional 5 starters who were injured but healthy now.  For a team that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, it is almost impossible to perform up to expectations with all these major contributors going down.
Even without the injuries, the Eagles have a lot to clean up after back-to-back blowout losses to the Vikings and Cowboys, respectively, but among these things to clean up is to get these players back healthy. That is step 1 to fixing the team moving forward.

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