After a week where 13 Eagles players were listed on the injury report to begin with, Friday’s release was always bound to draw the eyes of just about every Eagles fan. The good news is, there is reason for hope.
RB Corey Clement, WR DeSean Jackson, DT Timmy Jernigan, OT Jordan Mailata
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
TE Dallas Goedert, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Nate Sudfeld
The big news here is that both Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert have not been declared ‘out’ just yet. The duo was sidelined for Sunday night’s clash to Atlanta and the offense missed them dearly. The Birds had only one healthy tight end and at wide receiver, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins struggled to fill the void left by Alshon and D-Jax.
Jeffery recorded two touchdowns in the season opener, while Goedert’s presence was mostly felt as a punishing blocker in the run-game…something that was also lacking on Sunday.
It’s not conclusive that either player will be back, but it’s far more encouraging to see this, than it is to see every player listed as ‘OUT’ on Friday. The estimated timeline for this receiving group to be back to full health is 2-3 weeks.
Outside of that, it’s also encouraging to see Kamu Grugier-Hill bumped up on the injury report, too. The Eagles were light at linebacker and KGH, who has led the special teams unit in tackles in back to back years now, was a key part of the bigger picture. Getting him back will not only bode well for the defense but for Fipp’s unit too, even if that isn’t necessarily this week.
It will be interesting to see how many of these players are going to be fit enough to play on Sunday, but there is reason for hope after all.
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