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December 01, 2019

Eagles-Dolphins inactives, with analysis

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

As always, the Philadelphia Eagles have more than their share of injuries, but they're not as banged-up as the Miami Dolphins, who have a slew of starters on injured reserve. 

Here are the Eagles-Dolphins inactives, with analysis.


Injured guys

• RB Jordan Howard: Howard was originally listed as "questionable," but was downgraded to "out" on Saturday. The Eagles have been unwilling to hammer the run in the two games Howard has been out, instead opting for a pass-heavy attack, despite fielding often incompetent receivers.

Healthy scratches

CB Sidney Jones: Jones went from "top 10 talent" to second-round pick to healthy scratch. This is not how the Eagles hoped his career would go.

OL Matt Pryor: Pryor got his first real NFL action last Sunday against the Seahawks, but with Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks back, Pryor is inactive again.

DE Daeshon Hall: Free Daeshon.

• QB Nate Sudfeld: Sud is the No. 3 behind Josh McCown.

• DE Shareef Miller: Miller is even further buried on the Eagles' depth chart at DE with the acquisition of Genard Avery.

 iOL Nate Herbig: Herbig has not yet been active for a game this season.

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

• WR DeSean Jackson (IR): The Eagles' offense has had a pathetic lack of speed ever since Jackson suffered an abdominal injury Week 2.

• DT Malik Jackson (IR): Originally, the loss of Jackson hurt most when the Eagles forced obvious passing downs, as the Eagles didn't have a clear replacement for him in those second-and third-and-long situations. They have since moved Brandon Graham inside on those downs, with Josh Sweat and Genard Avery coming in at LDE.

• DT Hassan Ridgeway (IR): Ridgeway was a decent rotational DT who could eat up snaps before he went on IR.

• RB Darren Sproles: Sproles is done for the season with a hip flexor injury. There was really no reason that all of his snaps shouldn't have been going to Miles Sanders in the first place.

• RB Corey Clement (IR): Clement worked his way back from a knee injury only to suffer a shoulder injury Week 2 against the Falcons. His shoulder wasn't getting better, so the Eagles shut him down for the season.

• OT Jordan Mailata (IR): Mailata has a back injury, but he's mainly on IR because the Eagles needed the roster spot.

• DE Joe Ostman (IR): Ostman was having a great camp, before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL.


The Dolphins are already without a boatload of defensive backs on IR (see the section below) and now they'll be down a pair of DB replacement starters in S Steven Parker and CB Ken Crawley.

As we've noted all week, if the Eagles can't throw on this team, they can't throw on anyone.

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

• CB Xavien Howard (IR): Howard is a stud cornerback who landed on IR with a knee injury. He tied for the league lead in interceptions in 2018, with 7.

• WR Preston Williams (IR): Williams is an undrafted rookie who had 32 catches for 428 yards and 3 TDs in 8 games before he landed on IR with a torn ACL. 

• S Reshad Jones (IR): Jones is a two-time Pro Bowl player who has dealt with shoulder injuries whose season is over. He'll still a decent starting safety, but he'll probably be a cap casualty this offseason.

• CB Aqib Talib (IR): Talib was already on IR when the Dolphins acquired him in a trade from the Rams. He'll be eligible to return Week 15.

• CB Bobby McCain (IR): McCain is a versatile defensive back who played on the outside and in the slot for Miami this season. He's on IR with a shoulder injury.

• CB Cordrea Tankserley (PUP): Tankersley was a third-round pick of the Dolphins who started 11 games as a rookie in 2017. In November of the 2018 season, he tore an ACL, and he remains on PUP as a result of that injury.

• WR Jakeem Grant (IR): Grant is a lightning-fast receiver and returner. As a receiver, he had 19 catches for 164 yards (8.4 YPC) and 0 TDs, before he went on IR earlier this week with an ankle injury. He also had a 101-yard kick return TD against the Bills.

• OG Danny Isidora (IR): The Dolphins traded a seventh-round pick to the Vikings for Isidora just before the start of the season, and he started the first three games for Miami (he wasn't good), before he went on IR with a foot injury. The Dolphins have since started a few different guys at RG, but the latest to play there is Shaq Calhoun, an undrafted rookie. That should be a matchup advantage in favor of the Eagles.

• DE Jonathan Ledbetter (IR): Ledbetter is an undrafted rookie who made the team and started Week 1, making 4 tackles and notching a half sack, before he went on IR with an ankle injury.

• DE Jonathan Woodard (IR): Rotational defensive lineman. 10 tackles, 1 sack this season.

Traded players

It's no secret that the Dolphins were not playing for the 2019 season in any way, as they traded off some assets for future draft picks. Here's a quick list of the notable players they dealt this season.

• LT Laremy Tunsil: Stud LT was dealt to the Texans for a couple of first round picks, and a second-round pick. Julién Davenport, who the team recently activated off of IR, is currently the starting LT for Miami (or at least he was Week 12 against the Browns).

• WR Kenny Stills: Stills was also included in the Tunsil trade. He has a stat line of 27-400-1 with the Texans this season.

• DB Minkah Fitzpatrick: The Dolphins traded Fitzpatrick to the Steelers for a first-round pick. He has a share of the NFL lead in interceptions, with 5.

• RB Kenyan Drake: The Dolphins traded Drake at the deadline to the Cardinals for a conditional sixth-round pick. With Miami this season, Drake had 47 carries for 174 yards (3.7 YPC) and 0 TDs. In three games with the Cardinals, he has 41 carries for 212 yards (5.2 YPC) and 1 TD.

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