One week down and the Philadelphia Eagles are already leading the league in prestigious “Most Players on the IR” list. The team was already dealing with a significant number of injuries headed into Sunday’s game against Washington, and as the game progressed, the number of injured Eagles continued to climb.
It’s being reported that Vinny Curry (hamstring) and Craig James (undisclosed) suffered severe injuries in the game and will miss significant time. Vinny Curry was filling in for Derek Barnett who is recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the entire training camp. It’s unclear if Barnett will be able to return to the field in time for Week 2.
With Craig James injured as well, the team’s cornerbacks are Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Cre’Von LeBlanc. The team will likely bring up Trevor Williams from the practice squad if they don't want to find free agent help at corner.
The defensive end group is starting to look pretty thin, and it’s also looking unclear on when they’ll get some of their key players back on the field. Brandon Graham also suffered a head injury in Sunday’s game and has been placed under a concussion protocol. There’s no telling on how long Graham will be out or if he’ll be able to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Depending on the severity of a concussion, most players tend to only miss one or two games, but again, we’re not sure how bad his head injury is yet.
The only healthy defensive ends the Eagles have now are Genard Avery, Josh Sweat, and rookie seventh-round pick Casey Toohill (the team will likely call up Joe Ostman from the practice squad).
But there is some good news on the injury front because Doug Pederson stated today that Miles Sanders, Lane Johnson, and Derek Barnett will increase their participation in practice this week. Hopefully, they’ll be able to play against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday, because, at this point, the Birds are going to need all the help they can get.