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October 19, 2018

Eagles-Panthers final injury report, with analysis

The good news for the Philadelphia Eagles is that Jason Peters' torn bicep won't keep him from missing any time, and shouldn't affect his play much. The bad news is that the Eagles remain very banged up, as they've been since the mid-way point of the 2017 season.

The Panthers aren't without their share of serious injuries as well, as they'll be without both of their starting offensive tackles, as they've been for most of this season. Otherwise, they're very healthy.

Here's the final Eagles-Panthers injury report before kickoff.



CB Sidney Jones (hamstring): Jones is the latest Eagle to suffer an injury that will keep him out a while, as he injured his hamstring against the Giants. The Eagles signed Dexter McDougle, who played can play the slot, but he may not be ready to play in time for Sunday. The Eagles could also move Avonte Maddox down to the slot from his makeshift safety spot, and insert another player on the back end, or they could move Jalen Mills inside in nickle and have Rasul Douglas play on the outside. But surely, this is a significant injury, and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles plan on adjusting to it.

• RB Darren Sproles (hamstring): This will now be the sixth straight game that Sproles will miss, though Doug Pederson expects him to return to the field soon.

• S Corey Graham (hamstring): Graham injured himself during the Vikings game. The Eagles are thin at safety.

• LB Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee): Kamu Grugier-Hill won the WILL job over Gerry, so Gerry's loss won't affect the regular defense, but Gerry is a core special teams contributor.

• LB D.J. Alexander (quad): Another special teamer down.


• DT Haloti Ngata (calf): The Eagles signed Ngata to be a run-stuffing specialist, and they can use him against a Panthers offense that calls a lot of designed QB runs with Cam Newton.

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

• RB Jay Ajayi (IR): Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins at the trade deadline last season, and he was a contributor to the Eagles' Super Bowl run, carrying 70 times for 408 yards (5.8 YPC) and 1 TD during the regular season, and then adding 184 yards on 42 carries during the playoffs. In four games this season, Ajayi rushed 45 times for 184 yards and 3 TDs, while playing through a fracture in his back. He was placed on IR with a torn ACL.

• S Rodney McLeod (IR): McLeod is likely done for the season after tearing his MCL during the Eagles' win over the Indianapolis Colts. On the season, he had 10 tackles and four pass breakups, which doesn't properly convey the positive contributions he made in the first three games. McLeod's was replaced initially by Corey Graham, and later Avonte Maddox.

• DT Timmy Jernigan (NFI): Jernigan started the season on the NFI list, which is essentially an extension of the PUP list, meaning he'll be out for at least the first six weeks of the season, though it'll likely extend well beyond that. Jernigan was very productive early in the season last year, but his play tailed off a bit down the stretch. He has been replaced in the lineup by a whole bunch of bodies who, on the whole, have not produced.

• WR Mike Wallace (IR): Wallace, the Eagles' No. 2 receiver, broke his fibula against the Buccaneers. He'll be out at least 8 weeks on injured reserve, though Doug Pederson noted that it may not be a season-ending injury.

• WR Mack Hollins (IR): The Eagles will also be without their No. 4 receiver, as the Eagles placed Hollins on IR with a groin injury. 

• ST Chris Maragos (PUP): Maragos is still recovering from a serious knee injury suffered Week 6 last year against the Carolina Panthers. He started the season on PUP, so he'll miss at least the first six games. Like Jernigan, it is not anticipated that Maragos will be ready at the conclusion of those six weeks.

• TE Richard Rodgers (IR): Rodgers had a good training camp, and looked like he could be a quality third tight end. However, he injured his knee on a touchdown reception from Nate Sudfeld in the preseason, and was placed on IR.



LB Andre Smith: Back of the roster guy. That's it. Just one guy.

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

LT Matt Kalil (IR): The Panthers placed Kalil on IR with a knee injury. Replacing him at left tackle has been Chris Clark, a guy who was unemployed during Week 1 of the regular season, before the Panthers signed him. Clark has exceeded expectations, playing reasonably well for a guy nobody wanted in an offensive line-starved league.

RT Daryl Williams (IR): Like Kalil, Williams went on IR with a knee injury. Taking his place at RT is Taylor Moton, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Moton has played well in Williams' absence.

S Da'Norris Searcy (IR): Searcy is an eighth-year player who started at safety for Carolina before suffering two concussions in less than a month's time.

CB Ross Cockrell (IR): Cockrell was getting reps as the starting slot corner during the offseason, but he broke his left tibia and fibula, which required surgery.

CB Kevon Seymour (IR): Seymour played all 16 games with the Panthers last season, starting two. He's on IR with a shoulder injury.

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