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December 04, 2022

Eagles-Titans Week 13 inactives, with analysis

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Titans star DT Jeffery Simmons was listed as questionable, but he will play against the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a significant injury in Week 12, when they lost Chauncey Gardner-Johnson for an undetermined amount of time with a lacerated kidney. Their Week 13 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, will have their share of players missing in this game, including starting LT Taylor Lewan, star edge rusher Harold Landry, team sack leader Denico Autry, and slot corner Elijah Molden.

Here are the Eagles' and Titans' inactives, with analysis.


DE Robert Quinn: Quinn has two tackles and 2 QB hits in 5 games with the Eagles. He was a late addition to the injury report with a knee injury. 

• QB Ian Book: No. 3 quarterback.

• RB Trey Sermon: No. 4 running back.

• OG Sua Opeta: Andre Dillard will likely by the backup at LT and LG, while Jack Driscoll will likely be the backup at RG and RT.

• OL Josh Sills: No. 10 offensive lineman.

• CB Josh Jobe: Jobe is healthy once again, but remains inactive on gameday.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

TE Dallas Goedert (IR - Week 11): Goedert has 43 receptions for 533 yards and 3 TDs, and has been one of the most efficient pass catchers in the NFL the last two seasons, in addition to his above average blocking skills. He is a top five type of tight end with no obvious flaws in his game who rarely comes off the field. The Eagles have missed Goedert in their two games without him, as there has been a pretty obvious dropoff from him to the trio of Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra, and Tyree Jackson, as expected.

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Week 13): Gardner-Johnson lacerated a kidney in the Eagles' win over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night. He will miss a minimum of four games (Titans, at Giants, at Bears, at Cowboys). Earlier this week we spoke with a urologist, who explained the unpredictability in pinning down precise timelines for recovery from kidney injuries. The Eagles evidently felt that Gardner-Johnson would not be healed in time for the team's trip to Dallas on Christmas Eve.

Undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship filled in for Gardner-Johnson against the Packers. He showed some good, and some bad (more good than bad) in that game, in case you missed our breakdown of him from earlier this week. We're going to get to know Blankenship well over the next month.

CB Avonte Maddox (IR - Week 10): Maddox is the Eagles' starting slot corner. He was replaced in the lineup by Josiah Scott, who the Commanders, Colts, and Packers have successfully attacked with their best receivers the last three weeks.

• 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.


The players ruled out due to injury:

DE Denico Autry: Autry is a big, powerful 6'5, 285-pound DE who is stout against the run and leads the Titans with 7 sacks. This is a big absence for the Titans.

CB Elijah Molden: Molden is the Titans starting slot corner, and they are already missing second-year CB Caleb Farley, as noted below. The Eagles were already going to have some favorable matchups with their receivers against the Titans' secondary, and now even more so.

WR Cody Hollister: Hollister is a 29-year-old, 6'4 receiver with little production over his six-year NFL career.

And the rest of the Titans' inactives:

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

LT Taylor Lewan (IR - Week 3): Lewan is the Titans' starting LT, and a three-time Pro Bowl player. He tore an ACL Week 2, and his season is over. Dennis Daley has filled in at LT for the Titans.

OLB Harold Landry (IR - season ending): Landry had a Pro Bowl season in 2021, when he racked up 75 tackles, 12 sacks, and 22 QB hits. He tore an ACL just before the start of the season.

LB Zach Cunningham (IR - Week 10): Cunningham injured his elbow Week 9 against the Chiefs, and was placed on IR. He is a starting linebacker for the Titans who had 24 tackles in five games this season.

CB Caleb Farley (IR - Week 10): Farley has a herniated disc in his back, and his season is reportedly over. He was a first-round pick of the Titans in the 2021 draft, but was a reserve corner for Tennessee this season.

CB Lonnie Johnson (Week 11): Another reserve corner.

LB Ola Adeniyi (Week 6): Adeniyi is a rotational pass rusher who had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2021. He has only played 41 snaps in the regular defense this season.

WR Kyle Philips (Week 7): Philips was a preseason star for the Titans, who has had 8 catches for 78 yards in the regular season.

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