December 30, 2018
As usual, the Philadelphia Eagles will head into Sunday's matchup with a laundry list of injured players. However, their opponent, the Washington Redskins, are arguably even more banged-up than the Eagles, for a change.
Here's the final Eagles-Redskins injury report, with analysis:
• QB Carson Wentz: Wentz is obviously done for the rest of the regular season, and also probably for the playoffs, should the Eagles make it that far. That said, the team has not yet placed him on IR, so they have not yet shut him down for the season.
• CB Sidney Jones: Jones has suffered several setbacks this season to a hamstring that has never really gotten better.
• LG Isaac Seumalo: Seumalo was injured against the Cowboys, and Stefen Wisniewski filled in at LG. Wis has faced very good interior defensive lines in the Rams and Texans since he has retaken his job as the starting LG.
• WR Mike Wallace: Wallace began the season as the No. 2 receiver, as something of a replacement for Torrey Smith in the speed receiver role, but he broke his fibula against the Buccaneers Week 2, and has been on IR ever since. The team activated Wallace off of IR on Monday.
• LB D.J. Alexander: Special teamer only.
• WR Shelton Gibson: This is a bad omen for Gibson heading into next season.
• DT Bruce Hector: With Jernigan up, Hector is down.
• DE Derek Barnett (IR): Barnett had shoulder surgery, and his season is over. Barnett was the starting RDE who was off to a fast start this season, collecting 2.5 sacks (including a game-ending sack against the Indianapolis Colts), before suffering a shoulder injury against the Tennessee Titans. He played two games through the injury, but was much less effective than when he was fully healthy. Michael Bennett has taken over as the new starting RDE.
• CB Jalen Mills (IR): Mills was toasted quite a bit during the early part of the season, but he was playing better when he went down with a foot injury. After seeing some of his replacements in action over the last few games, it is clear why Schwartz prefers Mills over the rest of the bunch.
• CB Ronald Darby (IR): Darby was up and down as a starter this season before he tore his ACL. At a minimum, he's a lot better than the players who are trying to replace him.
• 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 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 was replaced initially by Corey Graham, and later Avonte Maddox, and now back to Graham.
• RB Corey Clement (IR): In 2017, Clement had a great rookie season, culminating in a standout performance in the Super Bowl, when he caught four passes for 100 yards and a TD. Many thought he would build on his impressive rookie season in 2018, but that never happened, as Clement was hampered with a quad injury. In 2018, he had 68 carries for 269 yards (3.8 YPC) and two TDs on the ground, and 22 catches for 192 yards (8.7 YPC) and zero TDs through the air.
• WR Mack Hollins (IR): The Eagles placed Hollins on IR with a groin injury. He has not played at all this season.
• ST Chris Maragos (PUP): Maragos is still recovering from a serious knee injury suffered Week 6 last year against the Carolina Panthers. He had a second surgery on his knee last week.
• TE Josh Perkins (IR): Perkins is done for the season with a knee injury. The Eagles activated Richard Rodgers off of IR to replace him.
• OT Jordan Mailata (IR): We never got a chance to see Mailata in real game action.
• QB Alex Smith (IR): Heading into the game in which he was injured, Smith had led the Redskins to a 6-3 record, throwing for 10 TDs and 3 INTs, with a quarterback rating of 90.7. The Redskins' backup quarterback is Colt McCoy, an eight year veteran with a career starting record of 7-18. McCoy is almost like a less-talented version of Smith. The Redskins didn't carry a third quarterback at the time of Smith's injury, but they have since signed Mark Sanchez.
• QB Colt McCoy (IR): McCoy was Smith's backup. He broke his fibula Week 13 against the Eagles.
• TE Jordan Reed (IR): The Redskins' leading receiver (with a meager 558 yards) used to kill the Eagles, but he has been neutralized in recent years by Malcolm Jenkins.
• RG Brandon Scherff (IR): Scherff made each of the last two Pro Bowl rosters, but was lost for the season after injuring a pectoral muscle. He was replaced in the lineup by Tony Bergstrom.
• LG Shawn Lauvao (IR): In the same game the Redskins lost Scherff, they also lost Lauvao for the season with a torn ACL. Lauvao was replaced by Jonathan Cooper.
• WR Paul Richardson (IR): At the time he was lost for the season, Richardson was the Redskins' leading wide receiver, statistically. He was the deep threat in the Redskins' offense.
• RB Derrius Guice (IR): Leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, Guice was a player commonly mocked to the Philadelphia Eagles, who were thought to be in the market for a running back. Instead, Guice was passed over by the Eagles and the rest of the league, likely due to what was considered to be at the time, “personality concerns.” He ended up being selected in the second round, 59th overall, by Washington. After an encouraging offseason, Guice was lost for the season with a torn ACL, and the Redskins signed Adrian Peterson to replace him.
• CB Quinton Dunbar (IR): Dunbar was a starting corner who tried to play with pain in his leg, but he was obviously unable to run, and was exposed as a result by Amari Cooper of the Cowboys, among others. He probably should have been shut down sooner than he was.
• S Montae Nicholson (NFI): Nicholson appeared in 14 games for the Redskins this year, starting 7. He had 41 tackles, on pass breakup. He was arrested and charged with assaultlast week.
• WR Trey Quinn: Quinn was a slot receiver and returner for the Redskins at times this season. On the season, he had 9 catches for 75 yards and a TD.
• OT Geron Christian (IR): Christian was the Redskins' third-round pick in 2018. He played at LT in relief of Williams at times this season. Should Williams go down against the Eagles, Ty Nsekhe would fill in.
• OG Jonathan Cooper (IR): After Scherff and Lauvao went down, the Redskins signed Cooper, who started four game before going down with a torn biceps.
• LB Reuben Foster (Commissioner's exempt list): Foster was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after being arrested on charges of domestic violence late Saturday night at the Niners' team hotel in Tampa. It was his third arrest in 2018, and second accusation of domestic violence in the last year. The Redskins scooped Foster up off of waivers without even contacting the police for more information of his arrest. Instead, they claimed to have spoken with former teammates of Foster's at Alabama who are presently on the Redskins' roster, of which there are five. It was later uncovered by the Washington D.C. media that the Redskins only spoke with two of Foster's former Bama teammates. What a joke of a franchise.
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