Eagles injury report: DeVonta Smith latest key player to suffer injury setback, Jalen Carter progreses

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)

The Philadelphia Eagles have released their first injury report ahead of this week’s primetime clash against the Miami Dolphins and unfortunately, things have gone from bad to worse in terms of injuries.

Eagles suffer more setbacks

The Eagles’ secondary has been limping through the opening stanza and things don’t look to be improving. Bradley Roby, who was signed to replace the injured Avonte Maddox, missed practice fully on Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

There was some further clarity on Roby’s injury earlier, with Jordan Schultz stating that the reported pec injury, while a setback, isn’t big enough of an issue for him to be placed on IR.

Complicating matters is that Reed Blankenship also missed practice today. The Eagles’ safety has been one of the teams’ biggest playmakers this season on a starter-starved defense and although Sydney Brown returned to practice in a full capacity, the position remains light on talent. If Blankenship is out for Sunday, it’s bad news considering how dangerous the high-octane Dolphins offense has been this year.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 12: Philadelphia Eagles safety Reed Blankenship (46) warms up during pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles on August 12, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

A surprising addition to the injury report was DeVonta Smith. The third-year wideout is dealing with a hamstring issue. It’s unclear when he suffered this, but it could explain some of his uncharacteristic errors if it occurred during the loss to the Jets.

At the very least, the Eagles have a viable replacement in recently-signed Julio Jones. The veteran wideout feels like the perfect addition to this team and could be called upon to make his presence felt as soon as this Sunday if Smitty is indeed out.

Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith
Newly drafted Philadelphia Eagles’ Nolan Smith, right, and Jalen Carter speak during a news conference at the NFL football team’s training facility, Friday, April 28, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lane Johnson’s injury hasn’t landed him on IR just yet, but it’s likely he’ll miss this week and we see another start from Jack Driscoll. The Auburn product did struggle against the Jets and the Eagles will be hoping for a much better outing against the Fins.

Jalen Carter and Milton Williams both practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday, which is at least a positive sign that the duo will be back in action this weekend. The Eagles missed Carter massively in the loss to the Jets, with the Georgia product having a dominant campaign during his rookie year.

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