Eagles injury report: Secondary could suffer yet another setback in week 4

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 19: Philadelphia Eagles WR Quez Watkins (16) carries the ball in the first half during the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles on September 19, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles have released their first injury report ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Washington Commanders and there are definitely some things to keep an eye on as the week progresses.

Eagles Injury Report: Thursday September 28th 2023

Didn’t practice: Sydney Brown, Justin Evans, DeVonta Smith
Limited practice: Fletcher Cox, Quez Watkins, Cam Jurgens
Full practice: Britain Covey, Zach Cunningham, Landon Dickerson, Boston Scott

The immediate concern here is that both Justin Evans AND Sydney Brown missed practice today. Brown missed it because of a hamstring setback and Evans is battling a neck injury. As things stand, it’s Reed Blankenship and Terrell Edmunds in the defensive backfield….and that’s it.

Depth was already thin at Safety, with Brown being thrown into the game against the Bucs in a pinch and coming up with some big plays. If the Eagles lose yet another body, even for a week, Sean Desai might be forced to start getting creative with corners such as Kelee Ringo and Josh Jobe.

DeVonta Smith also missed practice today with an illness. Maybe he was too ‘sick’ for the rest of the league. In all seriousness, he should be back at practice tomorrow, hopefully it’s nothing that will keep him out of the game.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) catches the ball and runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Landon Dickerson was a full participant in practice which comes as a huge relief to Eagles fans. He appeared to suffer a knee injury against the Bucs, but the 24-year-old should be good to go this weekend.

It also looks like Quez Watkins is trending in the right direction. He’s been out since a hamstring injury pushed him out of the week 2 win against Minnesota. Maybe seeing Olamide Zaccheaus catch his first touchdown as an Eagle will light a fire under his belly, who knows.

It’s a mixed injury report to start the week. Losing more bodies in an already depleted secondary would certainly not be ideal with Terry McLaurin coming to town, but hopefully both players can get back to full health by Sunday.

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire