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November 19, 2021

Final Eagles-Saints injury report, with analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles are a relatively healthy team 10 weeks into the 2021 season, while the New Orleans Saints have a long list of injuries to a large number of their most important players.

Here is the Eagles-Saints injury report, with analysis. We'll update as the week progresses.


Friday's update:

Player Injury *Wed Thurs Fri Status 
DT Fletcher CoxRestDNPFullFull 
TE Dallas Goedert Concussion  DNP Limited Full  
LB Davion Taylor Knee  DNP Limited Full Questionable 
LB Shaun Bradley Shoulder  LimitedFull Full  
DT Javon Hargrave Shoulder  LimitedFull Full  
RT Lane Johnosn Rest  LimitedFull Full  
C Jason Kelce Rest  LimitedFull Full  
S Rodney McLeod Knee  LimitedFull Full  
RB Jordan Howard Ankle  FullFull Full  
WR DeVonta Smith Elbow  FullFull Full  
C/G Jack Anderson  Hamstring Limited DNP Out (IR)
DE Derek Barnett Neck   DNP Questionable 
*Wednesday's practice was a walkthrough. Injury classifications were projections.

Wednesday: Goedert's injury is the most important one to watch as the week progresses, and Taylor's projected DNP is worth monitoring as well.

Thursday: Goedert being a limited participant is a good sign for the likelihood that he'll pass the concussion protocol in time for the game on Sunday. Additionally, Taylor being upgraded to limited, and the rest of the limited guys on Wednesday being full participants on Thursday is good for the Birds. #Analysis.

Friday: Derek Barnett was a late-week addition to the injury report, and honestly, the Eagles could probably use a break from his untimely penalties. Taylor's full practice is a good sign he's good to go. Also, the bet here is that Miles Sanders will be activated from IR on Saturday.

Saturday: Miles Sanders was activated from injured reserve.

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Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

DE Brandon Graham (IR): Graham's season is over with a ruptured Achilles. On the field, Graham was arguably the Eagles' best defensive player in 2020. It's clear since his loss that the Eagles miss his contributions as a pass rusher and run stopper, and the Eagles have not been able to adequately replace him. Off the field, Graham has unlimited energy and positivity, and he is a player that you just want to have around if you're a head coach in the NFL. 

RG Brandon Brooks (IR): Brooks suffered a pectoral injury against the 49ers. It's "only" a pec strain, as opposed to a tear, so while he'll likely miss time (about 8 weeks, per Lane Johnson) on injured reserve, it's not a season-ending injury. Brooks got hurt Week 2, so Week 10 was 8 weeks. Nick Sirianni has been asked multiple times about Brooks' possible return, but no useful information has been given.

LG Isaac Seumalo (IR): Seumalo was carted off the field in the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys. His season is over after having surgery for a Lisfranc injury.


Friday's update:

Player Injury Wed Thurs Fri Status 
OT Terron ArmsteadKnee/shoulderDNPDNPDNPOut 
OT Ryan Ramczyk Knee  DNP DNPDNP Out 
QB Taysom Hill Foot  DNP  DNP Limited Questionable
DE Tanoh KpassagnonAnkleDNPDNPDNP Out  
DT Malcolm RoachKneeDNP DNP DNP Out 
 WR Ty MontgomeryHand DNP DNP DNP Out 
 RB Alvin KamaraKnee  Limited DNP DNP Out 

The Saints will be without their best player (Alvin Kamara), their starting quarterback (Jameis Winston), their best wide receiver (Michael Thomas), their elite offensive tackle duo (Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk), and their starting LG (Andrus Peat).

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Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

QB Jameis Winston: Winston's season is over with a torn ACL. While not an ideal starter, Winston still gave the Saints a better chance of winning games than backup Trevor Siemian.

WR Michael Thomas: In his first four seasons, Thomas had 470 catches for 5512 yards and 32 TDs. He had an injury-marred fifth season in 2020, which has carried over into 2021. Thomas was expected to return this year, but a setback to his recovery from offseason ankle surgery ended his season.

LG Andrus Peat: Starting LG. Torn pec. Done for the season.

DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: Versatile pest of a player who went on IR earlier this week.

K Wil Lutz: Career 86.6 percent kicker who has not yet played this season. In Lutz absence, the Saints have had three different kickers this season — Aldrick Rosas, Cody Parkey, Brian Johnson — and they just signed a fourth in Brett Maher.

DE Payton Turner: Turner was the Saints' 2021 first-round pick. He has 12 tackles and 1 sack in 5 games this season.

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