Eagles injury report: As Secondary begins to regain strength, defensive line takes major hit

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The Eagles released their first injury report of the week today and while there was a sigh of relief in the secondary, there is a slight cause for concern elsewhere. Here’s a full breakdown of who practiced and who didn’t.

 

Did Not Participate In Practice

Wednesday

DT Fletcher Cox (calf), CB Ronald Darby (ankle), S Corey Graham (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice

Wednesday

C Jason Kelce (knee)

Full Participation in Practice

Wednesday

LB Jordan Hicks (ankle), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring)

The big name here is Fletcher Cox. With 4 tackles and 2 sacks this season, Cox may be flying under the radar to some due to the sheer tenacity of the defensive line, but he could be on pace for a career year when it comes to action in the backfield. Alongside Timmy Jernigan, the Eagles have created a formidable front that’s supported by a healthy rotation of edge rushers…but it’s a front that may be without Cox for a few weeks.

If Les Bowen’s report is correct, the Eagles will be down to just three DT’s with Vaeao missing practice again due to a wrist injury. Jernigan would be joined by Beau Allen and rookie Elijah Qualls. Allen and Vaeao themselves combined for a huge chunk of the Eagles defensive snap count last year but losing Cox would be a huge blow. The team also have Justin Hamilton stashed on the practice squad should they feel the need to bolster the unit.

Elsewhere, Rodney McLeod and Jordan Hicks were BOTH full participants today, injecting a sense of life into a Defense that was beginning to limp. Watkins and Graham were still sidelined today, but if McLeod is ready to go against the Chargers, then the Eagles will once again have their starting tandem and some added flexibility after battling without either against the Giants.

 

Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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