Five players absent from first Eagles practice of week 17

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The Eagles season might well be over in terms of advancing to the post-season but there’s still one game left on the schedule against the New York Giants. Unfortunately for the birds however, their injury problems look almost certain to escalate.

According to a report on Bleeding Green Nation, five players missed practice today, yikes.

The five in question were:

Byron Maxwell
Jaylen Watkins
Bennie Logan
Josh Huff
Seyi Ajirotutu

Both Maxwell and Logan have been rumoured to potentially being placed on injured reserve until the end of the season, thus freeing up two roster spots. Maxwell is still suffering from an SC Joint sprain whilst the Eagles nose tackle has been replaced by Beau Allen most recently and it doesn’t make sense to risk re-injury.

Jason Peters is an interesting one after he reportedly pulled himself from the game in the fourth quarter against the Redskins claiming “I’m not getting hurt for this”. There has been talk of a degenerative injury that has hampered the Pro Bowler this season and if that’s the case it might also make sense to rest him in the final week..although it does raise a cloud of concern over his future.

Seyi Ajirotutu sustained an ankle injury during week 16 after a week of limited practice which led to Jonathan Krause seeing more snaps. Krause has impressed so far and fans are keen to see more of him, that wish may just come true if Ajirotutu misses yet more time and Josh Huff is absent. There’s still no reason behind why Huff missed practice today so it could well be a personal reason (with it being Christmas and all).

Jaylen Watkins didn’t appear to show signs of injury during Saturdays loss but if Watkins becomes the third cornerback to sidelined this week (joining Carroll and Maxwell) THEN WE MIGHT F I N A L L Y SEE WHAT DENZEL RICE CAN DO! It’s unclear if Watkins is injured or just potentially resting but the team are set to release their first official injury report tomorrow.