Eagles injury report: Wendell Smallwood still sidelined as Fletcher Cox returns to practice


The Eagles have released their first injury report ahead of their week six matchup against the Carolina Panthers, and there are some key updates of note following Sunday’s win over Arizona. Today’s practice was just a walkthrough due to the short turnaround however, so this may not be entirely indicative of gameday status.

Did Not Participate In Practice


CB Ronald Darby (ankle), T Lane Johnson (concussion), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice


DT Beau Allen (foot), DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Chris Long (foot), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

Full Participation in Practice


S Corey Graham (hamstring), LB Jordan Hicks (ankle), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)

Most notably, the Eagles are still without Wendell Smallwood. At this time we still don’t know the full extent of his injury, other than the affected area is his knee. The backfield was able to survive without Smallwood on Sunday, surpassing the 100-yard mark once again with the help of newly signed Kenjon Barner. The magnitude of the loss may not be what it appeared to be when he was first declared injured, but it hurts nonetheless.

Fletcher Cox returns to practice in a limited capacity which is at least a sign of encouragement. The franchise DT has missed two consecutive games but the committee effort of Beau Allen, Justin Hamilton and Elijah Qualls have filled the void well. Destiny Vaeao was also limited, so while depth is still light, the signs of the once depleted position returning to full health are moving in the right direction.

Jaylen Watkins was a full participant in practice after missing Sunday’s game against Arizona, which should mean that all pieces of the Safety corps are back to full health.

Finally, there’s the concussion of Lane Johnson. The Eagles RT was escorted out of the game with a head injury at halftime and if he’s unable to pass protocol, it will be second year tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai starting in his place.


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