Going over Eagles’ lengthy list of injuries after training camp originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Let's do this Andy Reid style:
When the 2020 Eagles took the field for Wednesday’s practice, their final practice before final cuts begin, they were without 13 members of their 80-man roster. The Eagles have been ravaged by injuries in recent years and it looks like a global pandemic has not slowed that down.
Honestly, it’s been a little tough for me to keep track of all their injuries and it’s my job. So with that in mind, I decided to create a list of all the Eagles’ injuries and put them in one place.
The Eagles began this a couple years ago, but they turn into a hockey team during training camp, listing players’ injuries as either “upper body” or “lower body.” Below, we’ll list the specific injury if we know it. Starting next week, the Eagles will need to list more specific body parts.
Here’s what we know about all these guys in reverse chronological order:
S Will Parks (lower body)
The Eagles added Parks to their injury report on Wednesday and said he’ll be out “multiple weeks.” According to a league source, Parks suffered a hamstring injury during practice and will miss at least one or two games to start the season. That’s the shortest estimate. It’s possible he could miss the entire first month of the season.
DT Hassan Ridgeway (lower body)
Ridgeway was at practice as a spectator on Wednesday and is officially day-to-day, according to the Eagles. He has a little over a week to heal up for the start of the season.
CB Avonte Maddox (lower body)
Similarly to Ridgeway, Maddox was also a spectator on Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day. The Eagles expect him to be ready for the opener.
WR Jalen Reagor (upper body)
The rookie’s first trip to Lincoln. Financial Field didn’t go well. On Sunday, Reagor suffered a slight tear in his left shoulder, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The first-round pick will miss the start of the season and perhaps a game or two after that. The Eagles officially list him as week-to-week.
QB Carson Wentz (lower body)
At the Linc on Sunday (Aug. 30), Wentz came out in a bucket hat and alarms started sounding across the city. He has also sat out the two practices since. But the word on Wentz is that it’s a soft tissue injury and not a significant one. The Eagles say he’s day-to-day.
The Birds fully expect him to be ready for Week 1. Doug Pederson even said this week that it was a good time to rest Wentz before they begin Week 1 prep. But anytime the franchise quarterback has an injury of any kind, it’s noteworthy.
WR Quez Watkins (upper body)
The Eagles’ rookie receiver was added to the injury report on Aug. 29. After missing a couple days of practice, including the scrimmage at the Linc. Watkins returned on Tuesday, but then he missed Wednesday’s session. He’s listed as day-to-day.
OT Andre Dillard (upper body)
Last week, the Eagles lost their left tackle for the season when Dillard tore his biceps, an injury that required surgery. Doug Pederson confirmed the injury and said Dillard will be placed on IR soon. That’s a tough blow for the Eagles.
DE Genard Avery (lower body)
Avery went down in a heap back on Aug. 26 and it looked bad. He was carted off the field with tears in his eyes and it seemed like his season was over. But the Eagles the next day listed him as day-to-day. He hasn’t practiced since then. He was no roster lock before the injury but it’s hard to imagine him making the team now.
DE Vinny Curry (lower body)
The Eagles added Curry to the injury report back on Aug. 25 and listed him as day to day. This came after he was already out for a day with “illness.” We haven’t gotten much clarification on his status. But the 32-year-old is a veteran and knows this system well, so practice time isn’t as important for him.
TE Josh Perkins (upper body)
The third tight end suffered an upper body injury early in camp and was listed as out indefinitely on Aug. 23. A few days later, the Eagles placed Perkins on IR, so he’s not technically on the roster anymore.
OT Lane Johnson (lower body)
The longest day-to-day injury belongs to right tackle Lane Johnson. That’s how the Eagles listed him back on Aug. 23 and he hasn’t practiced since. Back on Aug. 29, head coach Doug Pederson was asked if Johnson was still day-to-day and if there was any concern about him missing Week 1.
“No, he's doing fine,” Pederson said. “He's still day-to-day."
A recent tweet from Johnson seemed to indicate he’ll be ready on Sept. 13.
RB Miles Sanders (lower body)
Sanders lasted just a couple days into training camp before the Eagles listed him as week-to-week back on Aug. 19. He’s been a spectator most days while his teammates were in camp. Word is that the Eagles still expect Sanders to be ready for Week 1. But it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be able to take on his normal workload.
DE Derek Barnett (lower body)
Barnett was one of the significant injuries to start training camp. The Eagles listed him as week-to-week back on Aug. 17 as training camp kicked off and he missed every single practice. It’s reportedly an ankle injury for Barnett, who has a long injury history during his three-year NFL career.
DT Javon Hargrave (upper body)
The Eagles’ big free agent acquisition has a pec strain and the Eagles listed him out multiple weeks as training camp opened. So Hargrave is in a new scheme, playing with new teammates, for new coaches and he missed all of training camp after there were no OTAs.
“I mean, it's set him back from a standpoint of time on the grass,” Jim Schwartz said. “It's just been a perfect storm or an imperfect storm, however you want to put it.”