It’s not the middle of the NFL season if your teams injury report doesn’t start to look like a CVS receipt.

And the Eagles injury updates are beginning to look exactly like that.

Part of the reason for the Eagles 14-3 season and the subsequent playoff run was due to the health throughout the roster.

Although not perfect, here are some of the impactful injuries the Eagles had during their 2022 season:

Derek Barnett (All but Week 1)
Jalen Hurts (2 Games)
Avonte Maddox (10 Games)
CJ Gardner Johnson (6 Games)
Dallas Goedert (5 Games)
Jordan Davis (5 Games)
Lane Johnson (2 Games)
Robert Quinn (6 Games)

Without these starting players, the Eagles still found ways to win multiple games and found solutions through depth or additional roster signings to fit these gaps.

We’re only 6 weeks in to the 2023 season and the Eagles will be going up against the Jets without plenty of pieces suited up.

Offense

While the offense hasn’t sustained any major injuries, there has still been several players missing time on this side of the ball, including:

Boston Scott (1 Game)
Kenneth Gainwell (1 Game)
Quez Watkins (Set to miss 3rd game)
Cam Jurgens (IR for minimum 4 games)

Luckily for the Eagles, they planned for minor RB injuries throughout the year and had reason to activate Rashaad Penny, who still saw minimal snaps during those games.

Quez missing time isn’t fantastic news, as the Eagles will find themselves without a wide receiver. Meaning Britain Covey or Devon Allen will probably find themselves more involved. As Olamide Zaccheaus’ will be elevated to WR3. Not that the promotion is a bad thing, the former Falcon had 58 yards and a TD against the Buccaneers.

Cam Jurgens was looking fantastic in his placeholder RG position to start the year. Watching him go down for a minimum of 4 games wasn’t good news. Luckily for the Eagles, Jeff Stoutland is able to work wonders on the OL, inserting Sua Opeta against Aaron Donald who was held to only 4 tackles last weekend.

There’s not a lot of issues for the Eagles on offense… but when you look on the other side of the ball. Things start to get ugly.

Defense

Sean Desai has managed to work wonders with the defense he has been able to put on the field. If things went smoothly, it’d be interesting to see what the Eagles defense could look like fully healthy.

Below is the real issue for injury concern:

Reed Blankenship (1 Game)
James Bradberry (1 Game)
Nakobe Dean (4 Games)
Avonte Maddox (Out for Season)
Zech McPhearson (Out for Season)
Jalen Carter (Out Week 6)
Darius Slay (Out Week 6)
Justin Evans (Out Week 6)
Sydney Brown (Questionable Week 6 / 2 Games)
Marlon Tuipulotu (Questionable Week 6 / 1 Game)

Some of these players have only missed small chunks of time, like Bradberry and Blankenship only missing Week 2’s game.

However, losing your CB1, another Safety, and potential DROY candidate for an important matchup is the WORST possible news.

It adds to the laundry list of issues currently plaguing this Eagles defense. With Bradley Roby stepping in against the Rams might be a much needed solution in the slot corner position. But without Evans and Brown, the task at Safety becomes even more worrisome.

If Nakobe Dean is back and ready to go the Eagles have a difficult choice ahead of themselves. Both Nicholas Morrow and Zach Cunningham have played serviceably in his absence. Tough choice on who potentially gets sent to the practice squad soon.

With Jalen Carter out, it’s time to see how much of an impact he has truly been making on this Eagles defensive line. Sure they’ll hopefully regain Fletcher Cox and Marlon Tuipulotu. But the Rookie DT who currently leads the position in pressures with 3.5 Sacks missing time against a Jets team dealing with OL injuries might not be the worst issue. Intending the rest of the Eagles rotation is able to get things done (Like Haason Reddick’s 3 in his last 2 games)

 

This Sunday, the Eagles look to extend their all-time record against the New York Jets to 13-0. Will the Eagles continue the streak and improve to 6-0 on the season?

 

Go Birds!

 

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline / USA Today Sports

 

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