December 17, 2022
The Philadelphia Eagles have some concerns at safety with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on injured reserve and Reed Blankenship out. They will also be without Dallas Goedert, when it was anticipated that he would return in time to play on Sunday. Otherwise, they are a very healthy team.
The Birds' Week 15 opponent, the Chicago Bears, don't have injuries in bulk, but they do have three important players on injured reserve.
Here's the Eagles-Bears injury report, with analysis.
|S Reed Blankenship||Knee||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|RT Lane Johnson||Abdomen||Limited||Limited||Full||-|
|LG Landon Dickerson||Back||Limited||Limited||Full||-|
|WR Quez Watkins||Shoulder||Limited||Full||Full||-|
|LB Shaun Bradley||Hamstring||Limited||Limited||Full||-|
|LB Kyron Johnson||Shoulder||Full||Full||Full||-|
Wednesday notes (walkthrough only, practice report designations are estimates):
• The only minor surprise here is Dickerson, who was at least categorized as a limited participant.
• Watkins trended forward, but no changes otherwise.
• Blankenship is out. Everyone else is good to go.
• Dallas Goedert was not activated from injured reserve. Perhaps the Eagles are saving him for Dallas.
• TE Dallas Goedert (IR - Week 11): Goedert has 43 receptions for 533 yards and 3 TDs, and has been one of the most efficient pass catchers in the NFL the last two seasons, in addition to his above average blocking skills. He is a top five type of tight end with no obvious flaws in his game who rarely comes off the field. The trio of Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra, and Tyree Jackson played admirably in Goedert's absence. Goedert has his 21-day practice window to return from IR activated on Wednesday, but he was not elevated from injured reserve just yet.
• S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Week 13): Gardner-Johnson lacerated a kidney in the Eagles' win over the Green Bay Packers. He will miss a minimum of two more games (at Bears, at Cowboys), after missing the Eagles' wins over the Titans and Giants. Undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship filled in for Gardner-Johnson initially, but he too is now hurt. K'Von Wallace could get the start on Sunday against the Bears.
• DE Robert Quinn (IR - Week 14): The Eagles traded a fourth-round pick for Quinn at the trade deadline, hoping that he could add some juice to their pass rush in a role reminiscent of Chris Long's in 2017, or Ryan Kerrigan's in 2021. So far he's been more like Kerrigan than Long, as he has just 2 tackles and 2 QB hits with no sacks in five games.
• P Arryn Siposs (IR - Week 15): Siposs collected a loose ball after a blocked punt and was injured while trying to run for a first down. The Eagles signed 15-year vet Brett Kern to the practice squad to replace him.
• DE Derek Barnett (IR - Week 2): Barnett tore his ACL Week 1 against the Lions, and his season is over. After a 2021 season in which he had 8 penalties vs. 2.5 sacks, Barnett lost his starting job, but remained a depth player poised to get his share of snaps in 2022.
• DT Marlon Tuipulotu (IR - Week 11): Tuipulotu has 16 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery in a rotational role this season.
|QB Justin Fields||Illness||DNP||Full||Full||-|
|WR Chase Claypool||Knee||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|OL Larry Borom||Knee||DNP||Limited||Limited||Doubtful|
|TE Trevon Wesco||Calf||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|S Jaquan Brisker||Concussion||Full||Full||Full||-|
|CB Kyler Gordon||Concussion||Full||Full||Full||-|
|CB Kindle Vildor||Ankle||Full||Full||Full||Questionable|
|WR N'Keal Harry||Back||Full||Full||Full||Questionable|
|RB David Montgomery||Illness||-||DNP||Full||-|
• The Bears are coming off their bye, so it's perhaps a little surprising that they have four players who could not practice on Wednesday. Fields will be the player to watch as the week progresses, obviously.
• Fields was back at practice on Thursday.
• Claypool did not practice for the second consecutive day. With Darnell Mooney done for the season, Claypool is probably Chicago's most talented remaining receiver.
• With Claypool out, the Bears' top two receivers are Equinimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis.
• RB Khalil Herbert (IR): Herbert rushed 108 times for 643 yards (6.0 YPC) and 4 TDs before going down with a hip flexor injury. Herbert is an explosive back who helped form a nice speed/power duo with David Montgomery.
• WR Darnell Mooney (IR): Mooney is done for the season with an ankle injury. As we noted in our five matchups to watch, the Bears don't have other good options at wide receiver. With Chase Claypool also out, here are their leading wide receivers otherwise:
|Equinimeous St. Brown||17||280||16.5||1|
• S Eddie Jackson (IR): Jackson had 80 tackles, 4 INTs, and 2 FFs before landing on IR with a season-ending Lisfranc injury.
• QB Trevor Siemian (IR): Siemian was the Bears' backup quarterback. If they need to turn to a backup on Sunday, it'll be Nathan Peterman.
• OG Lucas Patrick (IR): Patrick played in 7 games this season, starting 5.