The Philadelphia Eagles enter a must-win game Sunday against the New York Giants and appear to be getting healthier.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Nick Sirianni announced that they have opened up the practice window for safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Robert Quinn. CJGJ has missed the last five games due to a lacerated kidney, while Quinn has missed time due to a knee injury he suffered in early December.
While Sirianni did not give any designations to both players if they will be able to play on Sunday, opening the practice window for both allows the Eagles to have both on the field shortly.
Sirianni also added that while the team is unsure about when Avonte Maddox will be ready to come back from his ankle injury, the hope is that Philadelphia has him in time for the playoffs.
Maddox, CGJ, and Quinn weren’t the only injured Eagles that the head coach had updates on.
Sirianni was adamant that the Eagles would not give a designation if Jalen Hurts will play on Sunday due to the shoulder injury he suffered in Chicago three weeks ago. It is expected that Hurts will take part in the team’s walkthrough on Wednesday, something the franchise quarterback has not done over the last couple of weeks.
If Hurts were to be able to go, he comes in just in time. Gardner Minshew struggled in the team’s loss to New Orleans last Sunday and has accounted for four total turnovers and five sacks through the team’s two-game losing streak.
Philadelphia had a scare on Sunday when Josh Sweat was carted off the field with a neck injury, but the former fourth-round pick is reportedly back at the Novacare Complex and in good spirits.
Nick Sirianni listed him as day-to-day along with Hurts. Sweat has totaled a career-high 11 sacks on the season and is a part of a defensive line that leads the league in sacks.
Philadelphia needs a win on Sunday over New York to clinch the top seed in the NFC playoffs and the division crown. It would also give the Eagles the much-needed bye week to better rest the long list of injuries that have piled up late in the year.
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