The Eagles head up to Buffalo this weekend to try and get at least one win from this three game road trip. They'll be facing a tough 5-1 Bills squad looking to prove that they are legit this year. The Birds will be without six players on Sunday, with all of them being familiar named from last week's injury report:
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle, illness): The Eagles certainly missed Bradham commanding the defense in Dallas. If he can't go, luckily it appears on paper that Josh Allen wouldn't make too much damage through the air (knocks on wood).
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 seventh 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 of when I can actually expect to see #10 on the field again.
DT Tim Jernigan (foot): Jernigan was expected to miss anywhere from four to six games with his broken foot. This is now game #6 he misses, so hopefully he can be back when the Eagles start their three game home stand. The Eagles have really missed having an inside threat next to Fletcher Cox, as now they will have two undrafted rookies try to help out next to him.
CB Avonte Maddox (neck/concussion): The good news is that Maddox finally returned to the field Friday for the walk-through, which seems to imply he has passed his concussion protocol. Maddox should be available for next week's Bears game.
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 hasn't been as dominant as fans had hoped, but we'll see if he can quickly get back on track and help keep Carson Wentz upright.
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.
The Bills on the other hand will likely be relatively healthy going into the game. Here's what their final injury report looks like:
S Kurt Coleman (hamstring): The former Eagle has carved himself out a pretty lengthy career, especially for being a 7th round pick in the 2010 Draft. So far he has played just five defensive snap for the Bills, but he has been used on 66% of the special teams snaps. If he can't play his impact will only be felt in the special teams portion of the game.
CB Kevin Johnson (neck): Johnson falls into the same category as Coleman in that he is primarily a special teamer for the Bills (65% of the special teams snaps compared to just 25% of the defensive snaps). If both Coleman and Johnson are too hurt to play, then the Eagles could try to take advantage on special teams in their quest to leave Buffalo with a "W."
LB Matt Milano (hamstring): Milano is the starting strong side linebacker for Buffalo, and so far he is on pace (96) to shatter his career-high in tackles (78 in 2018) for a season. If he is inactive, his backup is Maurice Alexander, who hasn't had that flashy of a career to this point (126 tackles in 56 career games).
LB Corey Thompson (ankle): Thompson is the backup weak side linebacker, behind Lorenzo Alexander. He hasn't played a single defensive snap in 2019, but has been on the field for 27% of special teams snaps. Even if he is active he wouldn't likely make much of an impact in the game.
WR Duke Williams (shoulder): The rookie wide receiver has just five receptions this season for 52 yards and one touchdown. Granted that is in just 20% of the total possible offensive snaps. The Eagles already had trouble earlier this year with a rookie wide receiver (Terry McLaurin), so if he is inactive that is one less possible surprise threat for the Eagles defense.