Eagles injury report: Darius Slay questionable & secondary loses all depth

NFL: SEP 13 Eagles at Washington Football Team
LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (24) defends a pass intended for Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) during the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team NFL game at FedEx Field on September 13, 2020 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles have released their final injury report of the week ahead of an important matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. There’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that somehow, six of the eleven players who have been listed throughout the week will be good to go. They include the pass-rushing prowess of Josh Sweat and Fletcher Cox, who will be absolutely integral in trying to negate the impact of Kyler Murray. Linebacker duo T.J Edwards and Shaun Bradley are also good to go, relieving some heavy strain on the position. Jim Schwartz can wipe the ‘sweat’ from his forehead here knowing that his defense isn’t totally decimated.

The bad news is that the secondary really is down to bare bones. Will Parks was released last week, Rodney McLeod tore his ACL, and now CB2 Avonte Maddox is out. This likely means we see Jalen Mills pushed down to cornerback and Kevon Seymour making his rise in a bid to become this year’s ‘underdog Eagles CB of the year’. At Safety, it opens the door for K’Von Wallace to get some defensive reps under his belt.

On top of that, Darius Slay is listed as questionable. He’s battled numerous minor injuries over the course of the past month, bringing home some battle scars from some truly terrifying matchups. Potentially losing him for a clash against one of the best in the biz in DeAndre Hopkins, or having a hobbling CB1 for the clash, is problematic at best and very worrying at worst.

This game against Arizona will go a long way in deciding who claims the NFC East crown. Being without a huge chunk of the secondary is a huge concern against a receiving corps that punishes even the slightest error. The question now becomes, can Schwartz rally a band of broken soldiers one more time as he has done in each of the last few seasons?

Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire