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January 06, 2023

Eagles-Giants Week 18 injury report, with analysis

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Jalen Hurts will (maybe?) play this Sunday against the Giants.

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a couple of losses to the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, but they should have some key reinforcements returning to the starting lineup soon. The Giants have their share of injuries as well, which perhaps doesn't matter much in this matchup since they are likely to rest starters anyway.

Here's the Eagles-Giants injury report, with analysis.

Player Injury Wed*ThursFriStatus 
RT Lane JohnsonGroinDNPDNP DNPOut
CB Avonte Maddox Toe DNPDNP DNP Out 
DE Josh SweatNeckDNPDNP DNPOut
CB Zech McPhearson Illness DNP  Full  Full - 
QB Jalen Hurts Shoulder Limited  Limited  Limited Questionable 
RB Miles SandersKnee Limited  Limited  Full - 
LB Shaun Bradley Wrist Limited  Limited   DNP Out 
 DE Janarius RobinsonAnkle  Limited   DNP Out 

Wednesday notes (walkthrough only, practice report designations are estimates)

• Hurts opens this week as a limited participant, though Wednesday was only a walkthrough. He was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday each of the last two weeks.

• No surprises with Johnson, Maddox, or Sweat.

Thursday notes

• Hurts threw the ball with some zip, but his limited participation in practice leaves some level of doubt for his chances of playing on Sunday, whereas full participation would pretty much leave none.

Friday notes:

• Hurts remained limited in practice, and his questionable status again still leaves at least some level doubt for his availability on Sunday, even if it's likely that he will start.

• The Eagles need roster spots to clear for players returning from IR, as well as possibly P Brett Kern, so Robinson and Bradley could be headed to IR.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

• S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (IR - Week 13): Gardner-Johnson lacerated a kidney in the Eagles' win over the Green Bay Packers. Through the first 11 games of the season, Gardner-Johnson racked up 60 tackles, one sack, eight pass breakups, and he remains the NFL's leader in INTs, with six. In Gardner-Johnson's absence, Reed Blankenship started at safety, and K'Von Wallace filled in for Blankenship when Blankenship suffered a knee injury. The Eagles activated his 21-day window for return from IR on Wednesday.

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. Still, Quinn's return could be timely, as the Eagles need more DE depth with Josh Sweat suffering a scary neck injury last Sunday against the Saints. The Eagles activated his 21-day window for return from IR on Wednesday.

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 Week 14 against the Giants. 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.


Player Injury Wed*ThursFriStatus 
DT Leonard WilliamsNeckDNPDNP DNPOut
LB Azeez Ojulari  Ankle  DNP DNP  DNP  Out 
C Jon Feliciano  Back  DNP Limited  Limited  Questionable
CB Adoree Jackson  Knee  Limited  Limited   Limited  Doubtful
S Xavier McKinney  Fingers  Limited  Full   Full  -

Wednesday notes:

• Again, as noted above, the Giants are likely to rest starters. If Williams, Ojulari, Feliciano, and Jackson can use some added recovery time, they are almost sure to get it.

Thursday notes

• The two players that matter the most — Williams and Ojulari — remain out.

Friday notes

• Williams and Ojulari are out. Jackson, the Giants' best CB, will almost certainly be out as well, in addition to whatever other starters the Giants rest.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

• WR Sterling Shepard (IR): Shepard was Daniel Jones' top target over the first four games of the season, but he was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

• WR Wan'Dale Robinson (IR): Robinson is a rookie who was starting to come alive for the Giants when he suffered a season-ending torn ACL during a game against the Lions in which he had 9 catches for 100 yards.

• WR Collin Johnson (IR): Johnson was getting first-team reps with the Giants during training camp and some were projecting a breakout season for him, but he was lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

OG Joshua Ezeudu (IR): Ezeudu is a rookie third-round backup guard who has seen action in 10 games this season, with 2 starts. 

OG Shane Lemieux (IR): Lemieux is another backup guard who has only appeared in one game this season (Week 11 against the Lions), which he started. 

• DT Nick Williams (IR): Williams started the first seven games for the Giants at DT, but had meager stats (15 tackles, 0 sacks). He landed on IR with a biceps injury.

• DT D.J. Davidson (IR): Rotational DT. Only noteworthy because of the other Giants defensive line injuries.

• CB Aaron Robinson (IR): Robinson was a Week 1 starter, but an appendectomy caused him to miss Weeks 2 and 3. In Week 4, he injured his knee, and is likely done for the season.

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