Heading into the wildcard round of the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles remain a relatively healthy team, and they are now rested as well, as most of their starters got off last weekend with a playoff berth already secured.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also a healthy team for the most part, although they may miss some key pieces on Sunday. Here’s the Eagles-Buccaneers damage report, with analysis.
|DT Fletcher Cox||Rest||DNP|
|RT Lane Johnson||rest/knee||DNP|
|C Jason Kelce||Rest||DNP|
|THE Josh Sweat||Disease||DNP|
|LB Shaun Bradley||Stinger||Limited|
|AND Landon Dickerson||Thumb||Limited|
|OT Andre Dillard||Knee||Limited|
|AND Nate Herbig||Single||Limited|
|RB Miles Sanders||Hand||Limited|
|WR Greg Ward||Back||Limited|
|QB Jalen hurts||Single||Limited|
|CB Kary Vincent||Foot||Limited|
*Wednesday training was a walkthrough. Injury ratings were projections.
• Wednesday notes: Sanders was a limited entrant, so that’s a positive step in his progression. It is also striking that Jordan Howard is not on the injury list at all.
The players who did not participate were out due to half time, or in Josh Sweat’s case, an illness. We’ll see if he gets on the COVID list.
Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.
• DE Brandon Graham (IR): Graham’s season is over with a ruptured Achilles tendon. On the field, Graham was arguably the Eagles’ best defensive player in 2020. Since his loss, it is clear that the Eagles are missing his contributions as a pass rusher and run stopper, and the Eagles have not been able to adequately replace him. Off the field, Graham has unlimited energy and positivity, and he’s a player you just want to have around when you’re head coach in the NFL.
• RG Brandon Brooks (IR): Brooks suffered a chest injury against the 49ers. It’s “just” a muscle strain, as opposed to a tear, so while he’ll likely miss time (about 8 weeks, according to Lane Johnson) on the injured reserve, it wasn’t initially thought to be an injury ending the season. Brooks was injured in week 2, so week 12 was 10 weeks. Nick Sirianni has been repeatedly asked about Brooks’ possible return, but no useful information has been given.
• LG Isaac Seumalo (IR): Seumalo was taken off the field in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys. His season is over after surgery for a Lisfranc injury.
• OL Jack Driscoll (IR): Driscoll’s season is over after a high ankle sprain against the Giants. Driscoll showed promise as a rookie in 2020, and he was a valuable player for the Eagles in 2021, initially as a replacement for Lane Johnson at RT and later at RG as a replacement for Brandon Brooks. He played 512 snaps for the Eagles in 2021 and looked like a capable starter, but his inability to stay on the pitch is a cause for concern.
• L.B. Davion Taylor (IR): Taylor started six games for the Eagles. He had his best game as a pro in Denver Week 10, when he forced a few fumbles against the Broncos, one of which was sent back for a touchdown by Darius Slay. Taylor was drafted as a raw Colorado prospect in the 2020 NFL draft, and while he still has a long way to go as a professional linebacker, he has made positive progress through the 2021 season. He has been replaced in the lineup by Alex Singleton and Nick Sirianni recently revealed that his season is over.
• WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Arcega-Whiteside has played a blue collar role for the Eagles this season, mostly as a blocker on the perimeter and on special teams. On Saturday night, he reminded us why the ball almost never comes his way, when he dropped what should have been a touchdown against the Cowboys.
We’ll update with the Buccaneers’ injuries when they become available.
Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.
• WR Chris GodwinGodwin led the Buccaneers in 2021 receptions (98) and yards (1103). He came in third in receiving TDs (5). He was a big part of Tampa’s offense, whether as a possession receiver, in the fencing game or as a blocker on the perimeter as he is one of Bruce Arians’ favorite players.
• WR Antonio Brown: Technically Brown is no longer on the team as he was essentially kicked out of the team in a week 17 win in New Jersey over the Jets, but we’ll include him here anyway as he was clearly a big part of the Bucs transgression, when healthy.
• CB Richard Sherman: The Bucs signed Sherman when they had some other injuries at corner earlier in the season, but he’s basically done.
IR, intended for return
- LB Lavonte David
- RB Leonard Fournette
- RB Young Bernard
At a press conference on Monday, Arians said Fournette will be good to go on Sunday, but was less confident with David. As we noted in our five matchups to watch when Philly has the ballDavid is Tampa’s best cover defender, and if he can’t go they’ll miss him against Dallas Goedert.
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