Updated: Jan 3
The NFC East is up for grabs on Sunday, as the Eagles are a win against the New York Giants away from a playoff berth.
The Eagles are dealing with some injuries to some impactful players, which could cause some issues for the gameplan on Sunday. Here is a look at their final injury report:
WR Nelson Agholor (knee): Agholor has missed four of the last five games because of this knee issue. Last week the beat reporters were mentioning that his knee has swelled up to the size of a softball, which sounds like it will be hard for him to recover from any time soon. Greg Ward has been a pleasant surprise filling in for him the past three games, so isn't the worst thing in the world that Agholor continues to remain out of commission.
TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back): Lane Johnson's absence from injury has been noticeable, but if Ertz is out on Sunday there will be a massive hole in the Eagles offense. With the top three receivers from the beginning of the season out, Ertz has stepped up these last few weeks to help the Birds put up enough points for their victory. Dallas Goedert will need to step up big time if the Eagles offense is to sustain some success with Ertz out. The team also brought in Richard Rodgers this week, so the three tight ends for Sunday will be Goedert, Rodgers and Josh Perkins.
T Lane Johnson (ankle): Johnson will do everything in his power to return from his high-ankle sprain, but the odds are against him. He suffered his injury about two and a half weeks ago, and a bad ankle sprain usually takes about 4-6 weeks to fully heal. If he does play on Sunday, he certainly won't be at 100%, so we should not be surprised if Halapoulivaati Vaitai ends up being the right tackle on Sunday.
CB Jalen Mills (ankle): Not much has been mentioned about Mills' ankle injury. The expectation should be that he will be healthy enough to play on Sunday. If he is inactive or is limited in his snaps, then it is likely that Sidney Jones will see an increase in snaps.
The Giants are extremely banged up too, and with this game not meaning much, it could mean that they decided to rest some of their players who usually have roles on the team. Here is their final injury report:
TE Rhett Ellison (concussion): Ellison missed the last five games with this concussion. With both Ellison and his backup Scott Simonson out, the only healthy tight end on the roster is rookie Kaden Smith (23 career receptions).
RT Mike Remmers (concussion): Remmers was removed from the team's previous game against the Redskins due to a concussion. It is unclear if he will pass protocol in time for Sunday's game against the Eagles. If he does not pass protocol, then Eric Smith will likely start right tackle for the Giants. Smith is a rookie who has played just 56 snaps this season.
TE Scott Simonson (concussion): Like mentioned earlier, the only active tight end for the Giants on Sunday might be Kaden Smith. They could also choose to promote Garrett Dickerson from their practice squad if they are not comfortable with having just one healthy tight end for the game.
CB Corey Ballentine (back): Ballentine missed the first matchup between the Giants and Eagles. Ballentine is the Giants' kick returner, so his absence will impact that facet of the Giants' gameplan. He is also plays a little bit or corner for them, getting in 29% of the team's defensive snaps. Their backup returner is Darius Slayton, and as for cornerback Grant Haley (43 tackles this season) is behind Ballentine on that depth chart.
CB Sam Beal (shoulder): Beal hasn't done much in his six games played this season, recording just 26 tackles and one pass defended. Beal's backup is Corey Ballentine, so if both Beal and Ballentine are inactive, then Grant Haley will get some snaps in this game.
Alec Ogletree (back): Ogletree has 75 tackles (four for loss), three QB hits, one sack, six passes defended, and one interception. If the team doesn't want him to worsen his injury, his backup on Sunday could be rookie Josiah Tauaefa, who has played just 22 snaps this season.