The 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Chicago to face the lowly Bears. The Eagles enter this game with just one injury on their 53-man roster, but still have a few key contributors on injured reserve. The Bears are dealing with a multitude of injuries on their 53-man roster and on injured reserve.
Here's a look at the Week 15 injury report for the Eagles:
Reed Blankenship (knee)
Thankfully the Birds avoided a disastrous injury here with Blankenship’s knee as he is expected to return this season. It’s better to play the safe route and keep him out for this game especially since the Bears won’t have any game-changing receivers on the field. K’Von Wallace will likely get the start, but Anthony Harris is back on the roster and will likely get some playing time, especially if Wallace struggles.
*TE Dallas Goedert (IR - shoulder)
The exact type of shoulder injury Goedert was never revealed, but his 21-day practice window was activated this week, meaning the Eagles could activate im for Sunday's game; they would need to do so before 4PM on Saturday. The Eagles don’t have a surefire #2 tight end behind Goedert, but Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra have filled in as well as fans could have expected with no hiccups or errors seen by the naked eye. QB-turned-TE Tyree Jackson has also taken some snaps in Goedert's absence.
*S C.J. Gardner-Johnson (kidney)
CJGJ was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney, which is a pretty unpredictable injury. He was placed on IR which means he's out at least 2 more games, and with the Eagles likely to have clinched their playoff seed by then he would be wise to sit out the final two games to be fully healthy and fresh for the playoffs as possible. UDFA Reed Blankenship has filled in well but will miss the Giants game with a knee injury. K'Von Wallace and Anthony Harris will both fill in on Sunday vs. Bears.
*DE Robert Quinn (knee)
Quinn has been invisible since he was acquired before the trade deadline. He was placed on IR which means he can't come back to the roster until the season finale. Maybe he gets to play that game as a warmup for the playoffs. Thankfully the other pass rushers have picked up the slack and the Eagles currently have the most sacks in the NFL.
*DT Marlon Tuipulotu (IR - knee)
Tuipulotu was supposed to be the fill-in NT for Jordan Davis but suffered a season-ending knee injury. The 2021 6th-round pick wasn’t terrible but wasn’t impressive either in his increased role. The Eagles added Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh to replace Davis and Tuipulotu, and now with Davis active again the team is now deep at the DT position.
*DE Derek Barnett (ACL)
Barnett tore his ACL in Week 1 and is out for the rest of the season.
Here's a look at the Bears' injury report:
WR Chase Claypool (knee)
Claypool is the Bears’ #1 receiver with Darnell Mooney out for the season, so now the Bears are in big trouble with their passing game on Sunday. N’Keal Harry is likely the next gut up on the depth chart and he is also dealing with an injury.
TE Trevon Wesco (calf)
Wesco is the #2 tight end for the Bears. Ryan Griffen will now be the backup behind Cole Kmet.
OL Larry Borom (knee)
Borom started the first seven games of the year for the Bears and is now considered a backup at both tackle positions. Former 1st-round pick Alex Leatherwood is the next man up on the Bears depth chart.
N’Keal Harry (back)
The passing game for the Bears is gonna be rough on Sunday with Claypool out and Harry dealing with an injury. Equinimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis are the only other known commodities in the Bears receiver room.
DB Kindle Vildor (ankle)
Vildor has started nine games for the Bears this year and has played 78% of the defensive snaps possible. Jaylon Johnson and Kyler Gordon are the starting cornerbacks, but with Vildor in question for Sunday the next man up would be one of the two undrafted corners the Bears have: Jaylon Jones or Josh Blackwell (a UDFA the Birds brought in this past summer).
*RB Khalil Herbert (IR): Herbert had 643 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns before going down with a hip flexor injury.
*WR Darnell Mooney (IR): Mooney is done for the season with an ankle injury. The Bears don't have other good options at wide receiver, especially with Chase Claypool ruled out for this game too.
* S Eddie Jackson (IR): Jackson had 80 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles through 12 games this year before landing on IR with a season-ending foot injury.
* QB Trevor Siemian (IR): Siemian was the Bears' backup quarterback before winding up on IR. Nathan Peterman is now the backup QB.
*OG Lucas Patrick (IR): Patrick started 5 games this season before landing on IR.