The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report Friday before their wild-card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Two players were declared QUESTIONABLE: Josh Sweat and Nate Herbig.
Sweat didn’t practice all week due to illness. Nick Sirianni said Sweat “had a little bit of abdominal pain earlier in the week, but it’s getting a little better every day.” It’s not often that Eagles players play a full workload after missing an entire week of practice. The latest example of a player missing three days of practice due to illness was Boston Scott before the New York Jets game. Scott was active for that matchup, but only played four snaps total (one offense, three special teams). Of course, Sweat is a more critical player at a position with less depth in a very important game. So, not identical situations. It would obviously be a huge loss for the Eagles if Sweat can’t play considering he’s tied with Javon Hargrave for their sack leader.
Herbig was listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but did not practice on Friday. His status deserves to be observed. If he can’t start at right guard, the Eagles plan to use Sua Opeta there. Jack Anderson, who only played his first NFL snaps last week, might be the best backup at guard behind Opeta and Landon Dickerson.
All others on the active list are ready to play. This includes Miles Sanders, which is good news. Nick Sirianni said there “will be no limitations” on how the team uses Sanders, but one has to wonder about the running back’s effectiveness in certain areas. How will Sanders’ injury affect his pass protection, pass catching and ball security? Sanders said his recovery is at a point where “he’s good enough to play,” but didn’t say he’s 100%.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
And Nate Herbig (ankle)
DE Josh Sweat (illness)
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside
and Brandon Brooks
T.E. Jason Croom
T/G Jack Driscoll
DE Brandon Graham
T. E. Tyree Jackson
OG Isaac Seumalo
LB Davion Taylor
T/G Brett Toth
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Bucs ruled out second running back Ronald Jones and backup wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr., who had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 17.
Starting cornerbacks Carlton Davis III and Sean Murphy-Bunting are questionable to play. Davis was a new addition to Friday’s report; was listed as limited with a previous problem. Something to monitor. Meanwhile, SMB was limited in practice throughout the week. It could be a boost to the Eagles’ passing game if they can’t play.
The Bucs will potentially activate three key players from injured reserve in Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David and Giovani Bernard.
WR Cyril Grayson Jr. (hamstring)
RB Ronald Jones II (ankle)
CB Carlton Davis III (back)
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (hamstring)
WR Justin Watson (quadriceps)
RB Giovani Bernard (activation window is open)
LB Lavonte David (activation window is open)
RB Leonard Fournette (activation window is open)
WR Chris Godwin
and Sadarius Hutcherson
DL Patrick O’Connor
C.B. Richard Sherman