Updated: Oct 3, 2020
We are in the month of October and the Eagles are still looking for their first win of the season (definitely not a sentence I expected to write this year). With that being said, depending on the outcomes of the other NFC East games going on, they also have a chance of finishing this upcoming week in first place.
The Birds will look to turn their fortunes around on primetime as they face to 49ers on Sunday Night Football. They'll have to do so with a handful of players out. Here's a look at their final injury report:
•WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring): It's déjà vu! 2019 is repeating itself as Jackson is now dealing with some leg issues. The Birds might try out rookie Quez Watkins, who is set to make his NFL debut, in Jackson's role.
•CB Avonte Maddox (ankle): This was supposed to be Maddox's season to prove his worth with his first full-time starting role. He's been pretty mediocre, and now this ankle injury will definitely set him back. It's unclear who the Birds will trot out opposite Darius Slay -- they could kick out Cre'Von LeBlanc or Nickell Robey-Coleman, or try a defensive back like Marcus Epps, Rudy Ford, K'Von Wallace, or Jalen Mills.
•CB Trevor Williams (ribs): With Maddox out a starting corner job is up for grabs, so you know Williams was trying anything he could to be active for Sunday's game. Cre'Von LeBlanc and Nickell Robey-Coleman will have to step up big (and remain healthy the entire game. Jim Schwartz could also call on some defensive backs (Marcus Epps, Rudy Ford, Jalen Mills, K'Von Wallace) to take some snaps at corner.
•WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf): JJAW injured his calf in warmups last week, and apparently it's still bugging him. If he doesn't play, look for an increase in snaps for John Hightower and Deontay Burnett. If he does play......well he's a non-factor anyway so there's nothing to celebrate if he is active.
•WR Alshon Jeffery (foot): Jeffery is practicing in a limited capacity, but he's probably at least one more week away from actually being active on gameday. Once he is eventually active, it's unclear if the team will rush him into the offense or if they will limit his snaps and expand his role as the season goes on.
•LT Jason Peters (foot): I expect Peters to play as long as he has a pulse, but if for some reason he has to miss the game the o-line could get completely jumbled. They could just put Jordan Mailata in at left tackle or maybe Jack Driscoll. Or they could shift everything around and put Lane Johnson at left tackle and let Mailata or Driscoll take over at right tackle.
UPDATE: Peters has been put on IR so he is out for at least the next three games.
The Niners are in the same boat as the Eagles, dealing with a plethora of players that are banged up or on injured reserve. Here's a look at their final injury report heading into SNF.
•QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle): The Niners have been missing their quarterback since he left Week 2 early. Nick Mullens will get the start once again. So far this season, Mullens has completed 70% of his passes for 414 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
•RB Raheem Mostert (knee): The former Eagle has cemented himself as a starting running back in San Francisco. Jerick McKinnon (61 career games - 2,057 rushing yards) and Jeff Wilson Jr. (19 career games - 389 rushing yards) will likely see most of the snaps in his place.
•TE Jordan Reed (knee): Reed is the backup tight end and played well in George Kittle's absence. Kittle is back this week, but with Reed out Ross Dwelley (30 career games - 22 receptions, 159 receiving yards, two touchdowns) or Charlie Woerner (three career games - zero receptions) could get on the field for a couple of snaps.
•DE Dee Ford (back): The rotational (and important) defensive end piece hasn't played since Week 1. Behind him on the depth chart are Kerry Hyder Jr. (43 career games - 12 sacks) and Dion Jordan (51 career games - 11.5 sacks).
•CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion): Moseley developed into a starting cornerback last season that continued into 2020. Dontae Johnson (76 career games - 163 tackles) and/or Ken Webster (10 career games - 20 tackles) will likely pick up his snaps.
•LB Dre Greenlaw (quad): The starting linebacker was an important part of the Niners defense in 2019. Behind him on the depth chart are Azeez Al-Shaair (18 career games - 21 tackles) and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (seven career defensive snaps).
•CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring): One of the Niners' starting corners with Richard Sherman on IR. Behind him on the depth chart are K’Waun Williams (72 career games - 236 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions) and Jason Verrett (27 career games - 82 tackles, five interceptions), so either of those guys figures to take Witherspoon's snaps.
•CB K’Waun Williams (hip): Williams rotates in at corner fairly often, always playing in at least 50% of the team's total defensive snaps each season. If Williams can't play, Jason Verrett (27 career games - 82 tackles, five interceptions) and Ken Webster (10 career games - 20 tackles) will fill Williams' snaps.