Updated: Oct 25, 2019
When the Eagles head down to Dallas to face the Cowboys this weekend, they will be doing so with over a handful of starters not expected to take the field, as well as some other key players. Here's a full look at their final injury report put out for the game:
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle): This might end up being a bigger issue than most people think. With Bradham unable to go, next up on the depth chart is undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards. Edwards has played in just 12 defensive snaps this season. The Eagles also just promoted Alex Singleton from the practice squad, so he could be thrown into the mix as well. Dak Prescott may try to test these guys to see if they'll crack under pressure in primetime.
WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen): When Jackson initially got injured, the original statement from the team is that he'd be week-to-week, and there was hope he'd only miss two or three games at most. This will now be the sixth game missed by the speedy receiver. Now there is worry that whatever is ailing Jackson will linger with him the rest of 2019. At this point the Eagles medical and rehab team give me little hope to expect him back soon.
DT Tim Jernigan (foot): Jernigan was expected to miss anywhere from four to six games with his broken foot. This is now game #5 he misses, so hopefully he can be back for the final game of the road trip the Eagles are on. The Eagles have really missed having an inside threat next to Fletcher Cox.
CB Avonte Maddox (neck/concussion): There hasn't been any word if Maddox has passed concussion protocol, but the team is rightfully being extra cautious with him after taking that nasty hit from Andrew Sendejo. We'll have to wait at least one more week for him to return to the field.
LT Jason Peters (knee): Peters has dealt with some nagging ailments so far in 2019, but his knee injury suffered against the Vikings will likely cost him a few weeks. Andre Dillard is set to take his spot on the offensive line.
RB Darren Sproles (quad): We don't know which leg his quad injury is on, but he injured his left quad multiple times last year. If this is indeed his left quad again this could mean he never fully healed from that injury which cost him 10 games in 2018. If this is a reaggrevation of that quad then Sproles could be shelved long-term.
CB Ronald Darby (hamstring): Even if he is healthy enough to play on Sunday Night, the team might be extremely cautious with Darby just because of how hamstring injuries can be. Corners can easily reaggrevate those types of injuries.
On the other sideline, the Cowboys are banged up, but most of their players are expected to take the field on Sunday. Here's a look at the Cowboys final injury report:
DE Dorance Armstrong (neck): Armstrong is DeMarcus Lawrence's backup, which means he hasn't seen the field much. In 21 career games he has just 1.5 sacks.
CB Anthony Brown (hamstring): Brown has played in 66% of the defensive snaps so far this season, so he has been a contributor on that side of the ball that the Cowboys will miss on Sunday. Jourdan Lewis will start in Brown's place at nickel corner on Sunday.
WR Randall Cobb (back): The Cowboys slot receiver has 17 receptions for 210 yards and one touchdown so far in five games. He had to miss the Jets game last weekend due to this injury, but he is returning for SNF. Tavon Austin or Devin Smith would take his place if he suffers any setbacks.
T La'el Collins (knee): Even if he does play it sounds like he won't be at 100%, so Brandon Graham and company will need to make sure they take advantage in order to pressure Prescott as much as possible. Cameron Fleming will be his backup for the game.
WR Amari Cooper (ankle/quad): It sounds like the quad injury is more of a problem than the ankle injury. At first it seemed like he'd miss this game, but Cooper is trying hard to get onto the field. He'll be a game-time decision for the Cowboys. Tavon Austin is behind him on the depth chart.
CB Byron Jones (hamstring): Jones left the Jets game early thanks to this hamstring injury. If he does play then there will need to be play calls involving deep passes thrown in his direction, to see how the hamstring holds up in a full-on sprint. If Jones is unable to play or reaggrevates the injury, then C.J. Goodwin will likely take his reps.
C Joe Looney (back): Looney is Travis Frederick's backup, so he isn't expected to get onto the field much (or at all) Sunday. A problem could develop for the Cowboys if Frederick gets hurt during the game. Behind Looney on the depth chart is Adam Redmond.
G Zack Martin (back/ankle): Martin not being at 100% might help Fletcher Cox finally have a big game. Even if he plays, it's doubtful that Martin is at 100%. If Martin can't go, then Xavier Su'a-Filo will step in for him.
T Tyron Smith (ankle): Smith has sat out the past two games due to his high-ankle sprain, but he is projected to play Sunday, even though he might not be fully recovered from the injury. If any issues come up with Smith during the game, then Cameron Fleming will step in.