Eagles Injury report: Jake Elliott set for return while two key depth players questionable

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The Eagles have released their final injury report ahead of this weekend’s matchup against the Chicago Bears. It contains both positive news and two potential setbacks which could carry some heavy weight as the Birds prepare to defend the Linc once more.

Status Report

Questionable

Friday

DT Beau Allen (knee), TE Trey Burton (back)

 

Practice Report

Did Not Participate In Practice

Wednesday

DT Beau Allen (knee)

Thursday

DT Beau Allen (knee), TE Trey Burton (back)

Friday

DT Beau Allen (knee), TE Trey Burton (back)

Limited Participation in Practice

Wednesday

TE Trey Burton (back), K Jake Elliott (concussion), S Rodney McLeod (oblique)

Full Participation in Practice

Thursday

K Jake Elliott (concussion), S Rodney McLeod (oblique)

Friday

K Jake Elliott (concussion), S Rodney McLeod (oblique)

The most positive note is that rookie Kicker Jake Elliott is officially out of concussion protocol and is set to return on Sunday. “Jake had his final evaluation this morning and passed, so he’s clear.” Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday. The UDFA has been sensational this season and incredibly accurate…that was until a couple of mistakes against Dallas following a blow to the head forced him out of the game. Kamu Grugier-Hill stepped in as the emergency kicker and did exceptionally well considering, but the special teams unit will receive a welcome boost with Elliott back at the helm.

Elsewhere, tight end Trey Burton is listed as questionable. The former Florida Gator has 111 yards and 2 touchdowns this season after signing a tender with the team during the offseason. Burton has been a clutch performer for the Eagles, giving them an added sense of explosive unpredictability throughout the year, building on his chemistry with Carson Wentz. But with Zach Ertz back in the fray, Pederson is confident his team can get it done.

“Well, you know, we’ve done this before. We did it with Zach [TE Zach Ertz] a couple weeks ago and we did it without Trey — I believe in the first game of the season a year ago in the Cleveland game.” Pederson said. But what he went onto reveal was interesting. Second year offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo could well replace Burton if needed.

“We’ve worked so much with Isaac [G/T Isaac Seumalo] in playing some tight end spot — primarily in the run game, obviously.” He said. ” But you know, it doesn’t necessarily affect [us]. It just means that probably [TE] Brent Celek’s role increases a little bit more, which it did a couple weeks ago [when Ertz was out], and we just keep moving forward.” Seumalo would step into action as a blocking tight end and while not providing the athleticism that Burton does, would certainly be a welcome addition to helping Halapoulivaati Vaitai and company open up what has become a dangerous rushing attack.

Finally, Beau Allen will also be a game-time decision. The former Wisconsin Badger has been another go-to option for the Eagles this season as they continue to rotate their defensive tackles frequently. If he is indeed sidelined against the Bears, look for Destiny Vaeao and rookie Elijah Qualls to have increased roles.

 

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