Eagles injury report: Darby and Hicks questionable while Redskins suffer huge setback

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The Eagles have released their final injury report of the week ahead of Monday Night’s clash against Washington. Here’s everything you need to know:

Questionable

Saturday

CB Ronald Darby (ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee)

 

Practice Report

Limited Participation in Practice

Thursday

DT Beau Allen (foot), CB Ronald Darby (ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Timmy Jernigan (ankle)

Friday

CB Ronald Darby (ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)

Saturday

CB Ronald Darby (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice

Thursday

DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Brandon Graham (shoulder), T Lane Johnson (concussion), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

Friday

DT Beau Allen (foot), DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Brandon Graham (shoulder), DT Timmy Jernigan (ankle), T Lane Johnson (concussion), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

Saturday

DT Beau Allen (foot), DT Fletcher Cox (calf), DE Brandon Graham (shoulder), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Timmy Jernigan (ankle), T Lane Johnson (concussion), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), RB Wendell Smallwood (knee), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist)

Ronald Darby and Jordan Hicks are both listed as questionable although Simba has told reporters that he will definitely play in the week seven fixture. Both players practiced fully today which can only mean good things. The Eagles will receive a huge boost with the return of Jordan Hicks and if he can avoid missing a game due to his calf injury, that impact alone will add a whole new challenge for the Redskins Offense.

As for Ronald Darby, patience has been preached since his return to practice. The Eagles cornerback is likely to return next week for a matchup against Denver, with the team more than comfortable with the performances of Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas. It makes more sense to allow Darby to fully heal than rush him back sooner than needed.

“He’s looked well. It’s just day by day with him.” Pederson told reporters today. “We’re going to get through today’s practice with him. [We] have limited his reps during practice, but he is doing well, and we’ll get through today and tomorrow to make a decision for Sunday.”

Elsewhere, Wendell Smallwood and Mychal Kendricks are both listed as questionable, but both players were also full participants in practice. A nagging knee injury has kept Smallwood out of action for the last few weeks, forcing the Eagles to re-sign Kenjon Barner who has had a rollercoaster return.

The certainty that Jordan Hicks will play lifts some weight off of the uncertain status of Kendricks, who amassed 17 tackles in his last outing alone.

“Both of them will practice today.” Pederson said of the pair of linebackers. “They’re both doing well. Just to get a couple extra days’ rest for both of them. Mychal has actually practiced all week. Jordan has been the one that we’ve kept out. But both of them will go today, and we’ll get a better understanding where they’re at. But they’ll be fine for the game.”

Along the defensive line, Cox, Allen, Vaeao and Jernigan all practiced fully and are not listed as questionable, which means for the first time since the end of week one, the Eagles have their complete DT depth chart healthy. It will be interesting to see if the team now push Hamilton back to the practice squad or whether or not they will keep up one or two guys inactive.

As for Washington, they will be without star cornerback Josh Norman. Norman held Alshon Jeffery to just 3 receptions on 7 targets for 38 yards in week one. To make life even more concerning for the Redskins, second in command Bashaud Breeland is also questionable with a knee injury…leaving a gaping hole for a dangerous Eagles passing attack to punish.

 

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