The Eagles have released their first injury report of the week, detailing those who fully practiced, were limited, and the players who were forced to watch the day’s action from the sideline.
Full: S Graham (hamstring), LB Hicks (ankle), S McLeod (hamstring), S Watkins (hamstring)
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 4, 2017
Three defensive tackles missed practice today. Doug Pederson told reporters that Jernigan suffered a left heel contusion and would be sidelined, while the progress of Fletcher Cox is that he’s “progressing” and currently listed as day-to-day. If the Eagles were playing Arizona tomorrow, it’s likely that their starting DT tandem would be Beau Allen and Elijah Qualls. The injuries to Cox and Jernigan don’t sound too serious and it is possible that both return by Sunday. The Eagles also called up Justin Hamilton from the practice squad last week as an insurance policy.
Interestingly, Wendell Smallwood also missed practice today. The second-year running back scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday, but is out today with a knee injury. The Eagles have already lost both Sproles and Pumphrey to injuries. missing Smallwood would just leave LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement as the active running backs.
On a more positive note, both Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins were full participants in today’s practice, relieving a lot of pressure from a Safety position that has sorely lacked depth over the last two weeks.
Ian Rapoport also announced earlier that Ronald Darby may return in week 6, meaning that after the game against Arizona, the Eagles secondary has a realistic possibility of being back at full strength.
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