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December 17, 2021

Updated Eagles-Washington injury report, with analysis

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Eagles QB Jalen Hurts' status remains in the air for Sunday's game against Washington.

Heading into Week 15, the Philadelphia Eagles are a relatively healthy team, rested and relaxed coming off their bye week. Conversely, the Washington Football Team is an absolute mess, with over 20 players currently on their COVID list.

Here is the Eagles-Washington injury report, with analysis.


Friday's report:

Player Injury *Wed Thurs Fri Status 
DT Fletcher CoxRestLimitedFullFull
DE Derek BarnettNeckLimited
RB Jordan Howard Knee LimitedLimited  Full  
 QB Jalen HurtsAnkle LimitedLimited  Full  
RT Lane Johnson Rest  Limited Full  Full  
LB Patrick Johnson Back  Limited Limited  Full  
C Jason Kelce Rest/Ankle  Limited Full  Full  
RB Miles Sanders Ankle  Limited Limited  Full  
CB Steven Nelson  Shoulder  Limited Full  Full  

*Wednesday's practice was a walkthrough. Injury classifications were projections.

Wednesday: It's a decent sign that every Eagle on the injury report was at least listed as limited, though I guess Jalen Hurts was limited prior to the Jets game.

Thursday: Hurts' limited status in the Eagles' first full practice of the week is a bad sign for his chances of starting on Sunday. He's obviously still hurt, or the team wouldn't take practice reps away from him.

MORE: Eytan Shander: Playoffs or bust for Hurts, Sirianni and the Eagles? Depends who's asking. | Eagles vs. Washington Football Team: Five matchups to watch

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 was initially not thought to be a season-ending injury. Brooks got hurt Week 2, so Week 12 was 10 weeks. Nick Sirianni has been repeatedly asked 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.

OL Jack Driscoll (IR): Driscoll's season is over after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Giants. Driscoll showed promise as a rookie in 2020, and he was a valuable player for the Eagles in 2021, initially filling in for Lane Johnson at RT, and later at RG in relief of Brandon Brooks. He played 512 snaps for the Eagles in 2021, and has looked like a capable starter, but his inability to stay on the field is concerning.

LB Davion Taylor (IR): Taylor started six games for the Eagles. He had his best game as a pro in Denver Week 10, when he forced a pair of fumbles against the Broncos, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Darius Slay. Taylor was drafted as a raw prospect out of Colorado during the 2020 NFL Draft, and while he still has a ways to go as a professional linebacker, he has made positive strides during the 2021 season. He has been replaced in the lineup by Alex Singleton.

WR Quez Watkins (COVID): Watkins is the Eagles' second-best receiver. He has 31 catches for 491 yards and 0 TDs this season.

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Friday's report:

Player Injury *Wed Thurs Fri Status 
S Troy ApkeIllnessDNPCOVID 
OL Keith IsmaelIllnessDNPCOVID   
LB Jordan Kunaszyk Hamstring DNP Limited Full  
C Tyler Larson Achilles DNP COVID   
RB J.D. McKissic Concussion DNP DNP DNP  
WR Terry McLaurin Concussion DNP Limited Limited  
WR Curtis Samuel Hamstring DNP DNP DNP  
LB Cole Holcolm Ankle Limited Limited Full  
RG Brandon Scherff Ankle Limited Limited Full  
QB Taylor Heinicke Right elbow Full Full COVID  

In addition to the laundry list of injured players above, as noted above, Washington also has an absurd number of players on the COVID list,
which you can find here.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Football Team signed Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal worth $10 million this offseason. He started Week 1, but left with a hip subluxation after just six pass attempts, making way for Taylor Heinicke. Last week, Fitzpatrick had season-ending surgery. To note, one of the players on Washington's COVID list is Kyle Allen. They don't have a third quarterback on their active roster, but Kyle Shurmur is on their practice squad.

DE Chase Young: Young made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2020, after collecting 7.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. He tore his ACL and is done for the season. Washington currently has seven defensive linemen on their COVID list.

TE Logan Thomas: Thomas broke out in 2020, catching 72 passes for 670 yards and 6 TDs. He only played in 6 games this year, landing on IR twice, ending his season.

C Chase Roullier: Roullier began the season as WFT's starting center. He has a fractured fibula, and was replaced by Tyler Larson at center. Larson got hurt against the Cowboys last Sunday, and did not return. His status for this Sunday is unknown. He was replaced by Keith Ismael.

LB Jon Bostic: Bostic entered the season as a starting linebacker. He suffered a pectoral injury and likely done for the season.

CB Benjamin St-Juste: St-Juste was a third-round pick of the Football Team in the 2021 draft. He appeared in 9 games, starting 3. He has suffered multiple head injuries this season.

K Joey Slye: The Football Team is on their fourth kicker this season. Brian Johnson is their current kicker. If you watched the WFT-Cowboys game last Sunday, you saw Johnson miss what could have been a crucial PAT.

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