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2020 Week 3 Injury Report: Eagles vs Bengals

The Birds will go into Sunday game against the Cincinnati Bengals looking to avoid a disastrous 0-3 start to the season. They will have to try to win this game while dealing with some key injuries.

Here's a look at their final injury report:





•DT Fletcher Cox (abdomen): Cox has seemed invisible to most fans since 2018. Even though he's been good (even great) in the run-stuffing game, he just hasn't brought much pressure to quarterbacks or collected as many sacks as we would expect for a guy with the 11th-highest cap hit in the NFL. The Eagles have the luxury of Malik Jackson and Javon Hargrave, so they'll technically have two starters anyway if Cox can't go, and Hassan Ridgeway isn't too shabby so he will likely be a part of the rotation if #91 is inactive.


•S Rudy Ford (groin): Ford is a big player on special teams for the Eagles, having already collected five special teams tackles this season. It's unclear who will replace him since the team doesn't really make their special teams depth chart public, but with Ford out we might see a dip in the special teams play on Sunday.


•WR Jalen Reagor (thumb): Reagor has had some terrible luck this season with injuries. He made a miracle recovery from his shoulder injury, and now there's already speculation that he could make a quicker return than expected for this thumb injury. With him out on Sunday, Greg Ward and John Hightower will likely take his snaps. After this week if he remains out maybe the team will take Quez Watkins off of IR to see what the speedy rookie can do.


Alshon Jeffery (foot): It feels like Jeffery is getting close to returning. He initially said he wanted to play in late September, but all media personnel expected him to return early-to-mid October. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is a lost cause, and with Jalen Reagor out we will likely see an increase of snaps going to John Hightower and Greg Ward. Hopefully Jeffery will be available next Sunday against San Francisco.

The Bengals are going into Week 3 relatively healthy, although some of their defensive depth is dealing with some injuries. Here's a look at their final injury report:





•DT Geno Atkins (shoulder): Atkins has sat out the first two games of this season with this shoulder injury and it looks like he will miss Week 3 as well. Mike Daniels (who is also on the injury list) would be his backup. If Daniels also can't play, then either Christian Covington (8.5 sacks, 68 career games), Andrew Brown (zero sacks, 16 career games) will get the playing time.


•DT Mike Daniels (groin): Daniels is similar to Atkins in that he's a veteran who used to wreak havoc on opposing o-lines. In 112 career games, the former Pro Bowler has produced 237 tackles (49 for loss), 70 QB hits, and 30 sacks. As mentioned earlier, Christian Covington and Andrew Brown are on the depth chart behind Daniels if he can't suit up.


• S Shawn Williams (calf): Williams is currently a backup for Vonn Bell, but he has had a pretty solid career. In 106 games, Williams has recorded 408 tackles and 12 interceptions. If he can't play, then Brandon Wilson will likely come in to take his snaps. In 250 career defensive snaps, Wilson has 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

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