Breathe a sigh of relief, Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Eagles released their first injury report in advance of regular season NFL week 1 game against NFC East rival the Washington Redskins. Thankfully, the entire 53-man roster appears healthy going into the Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, match up.
Eagles healthy going into 2017 NFL week 1 Eagles vs. Redskins game
In past years, the Eagles struggled with injuries. With the 10-man practice unit and 53-man roster set, it’s refreshing to hear that everyone’s healthy. Granted, the preseason just concluded.
Still, injuries do occur in practice. Moreover, in-game injuries happen in the preseason. That’s one of the main reasons the first string plays relatively little in the preseason, with the exception of game three. During 2017 NFL preseason game three, the Eagles limited playing time of the first team even more than normal.
Football players are prone to injury on account of major contact. But with occasional moments like intentional injuries, the likelihood of completing a season sans at least a minor injury is pretty low. Net York Giants safety Landon Collins revealed in an interview with ESPN that he attempted to injure Eagles QB Carson Wentz last season.
Despite minor injuries, backup QB Nick Foles, linebacker Najee Goode, defensive end Brandon Graham, linebacker Jordan Hicks, cornerback Jalen Mills, defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, and safety Corey Graham have been at full participation.
“I tried to give him it all, but he ducked. I was trying to hit [Wentz’s] ribs, I’m not going to lie to you.” Sure, it’s a defender’s job to get to the quarterback. But this isn’t merely trying to disrupt the QB, this sounds pretty dirty. Luckily, Wentz remained healthy.
Heading into Sunday’s match against the Redskins, the Eagles are healthy. WIth the exception of Sidney Jones, everyone’s been practicing. Jones doesn’t count toward the injuries since he’s on reserve as opposed to the 53-man roster.
Washington is mostly healthy as well. But starting center Spencer Long and rookie Ryan Anderson are not at their full potential. Yet it’s season-ending injuries which plague the Redskins already. Starting nose tackle Phil Taylor tore a quad muscle and is therefore out for the season. Similarly, starting defensive end Trent Murphy is out with an injury as well.