Eagles injury updates: Latest on all 15 injured players

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 12, 2019 - 8:30 am

The Eagles’ most important player, Cason Wentz, is healthy. Not only is he taking all of the first-team reps, but is taking a ton of them, including a whopping 101 over the last two practices. That is the good news. 

The bad news? This team is considerably more banged up than it was at this point last season.  

When the Eagles take the field on Monday for practice they will be doing so with 15 key players

either not taking part in team drills or doing so on a limited basis. 

Here is an update on where each player is, and how worried fans should be, on a scale of 1 (not worried at all) to 10 (very worried):

Fletcher Cox (foot)

Current Status: Not taking part in any full team drills

Analysis: Physically, Cox seems to be ready to go. He is doing plenty of work during practice, looks to be in good shape and it doesn’t seem like having to spend the offseason rehabbing a broken foot has impacted his weight. That takes some of the concern away from the fact he isn’t taking part in team drills. It isn’t clear when Cox being sidelined from team drills will change, but the chances of him playing in the preseason seem to be very slim. 

The concern around Cox should be whether missing a large portion of training camp will cause him to get off to a slow start to the season. Although no two players or injuries are the same, the Eagles saw a foot injury basically derail defensive end Brandon Graham’s season last season. Cox is further along than Graham was at this point, but the Eagles desperately need Cox to avoid a slow start to the season — especially with the talent at defensive end not what it used to be. 

Worry Meter: 6

Lane Johnson (knee): 

Current Status: Not practicing at all

Analysis: Johnson was a new addition to the injury report this week with a knee injury that the team considers “week to week”. Despite the fact Johnson likely won’t play in any of the preseason games, and might not practice for another two weeks, there is basically no chance he isn’t ready for Week 1. The only downside for Johnson is he will miss practice time. 

Worry Meter: 2

Nigel Bradham (foot): 

Current Status: Not taking part in any full team drills

Analysis: Bradham was originally thought to be sidelined with a hand injury, but revealed to reporters at the start of camp that he is actually still recovering from toe surgery. Bradham has been working off to the side during team drills. Bradham being sidelined is a big deal for the Eagles as he is their No. 1 linebacker and is going to play a big role on the defense this season. It isn’t clear when he will be back. 

Worry Meter: 6

Jalen Mills (foot):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Mills still being sidelined from a foot injury he suffered last October is puzzling and concerning. The best cornerback on the team last year, Mills is likely to start the season on the PUP, putting him out the first six games. You have to wonder if he is going to be given his job back at that point if it means sitting guys the team has invested in like Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones or Avonte Maddox. 

Worry Meter: 9

Derek Barnett (shoulder): 

Current Status: Just started doing team drills

Analysis: Barnett took a very big step forward this week when he started to take part in team drills, although it was on a limited basis.

Worry Meter: 7

Ronald Darby (ACL):

Current Status: Not taking part in any full team drills 

Analysis: Darby has made significant progress since training camp started. Initially he wasn’t doing any team work, but now, he is taking part in group install periods — as a starter — and in 4 vs. 3 drills. He has yet to take the field for 7 vs. 7 or 11 vs. 11 drills, but he does not seem very far away from doing either. He is likely to play in Week 1, but the question is how much his torn ACL will impact his speed, arguably the best part of his game. 

Worry Meter: 5

Kamu Grugier-Hill (MCL):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Grugier-Hill dodged a bullet when he didn’t suffer a torn ACL, but his injury is still fairly significant and should keep him out for at least the first month of the season. The Eagles will miss Grugier-Hill, who was having an outstanding training camp prior to going down with an injury. The Eagles have to hope that the injury doesn’t derail the clear improvements he was showing in training camp. 

Worry Meter: 6

Nate Sudfeld (wrist):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Sudfeld put it perfectly last week when discussing his injured left wrist, saying it is in some ways the best injury he could have suffered. Sudfeld shouldn’t have any lingering problems with the broken wrist, which is on his non-throwing hands. The only downside for Sudfeld is he is going to miss some valuable reps the rest of the preseason, which could impact him if he needs to play during the regular season. 

Worry Meter: 3

Richard Rodgers (foot):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Rodgers has had trouble staying healthy since he joined the Eagles, and that is once again the case this season as he is now sidelined with a foot injury. Rodgers is considered day-to-day. 

Worry Meter: 3

Dallas Goedert (calf):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Goedert, like Lane Johnson, is being held out simply to keep him ready for Week 1. If Goedert was dealing with this injury during the regular season he likely wouldn't miss any time. 

Worry Meter: 3

Blake Countess (hamstring):

Current Status: Not practicing at all 

Analysis: Countess has been mostly sidelined so far during training camp, and his latest injury could keep him there a while as he is likely to be sidelined multiple weeks. Countess’ roster spot is now in jeopardy. 

Worry Meter: 6

Brandon Brooks (Achilles):

Current Status: Not taking part in any full team drills 

Analysis: Brooks is way further along than many expected he would be at this point of camp, but is still not doing any team drills and is unlikely to play in the preseason. The fact Brooks won’t start the season on the PUP is encouraging, but it is 50/50 at best he plays in Week 1. The Eagles badly need Brooks to return to the play he was prior to the injury, when he was one of the best offensive guards in the NFL. 

Worry Meter: 5

Cre’von LeBlanc (foot):

Current Status: Not practicing at all

Analysis: LeBlanc is unlikely to be ready for the regular season and could miss time into October. LeBlanc was going to be a backup, but he had a great season last year at nickel cornerback, and not having him could impact how the Eagles shuffle things around if another cornerback goes down. 

Worry Meter: 6

Corey Clement (ACL):

Current Status: Limited team reps

Analysis: Clement is starting to take part in team drills, but has yet to make his way back up to the first-team offense, instead working mostly with the third-string players. Clement’s roster spot might not be in serious danger, but he does have to prove over the next three weeks he is healthy and can contribute. 

Worry Meter: 4

Mack Hollins (hip):  

Current Status: Limited team reps

Analysis: Staying healthy continues to be an issue for Hollins, who missed a little over a week of team drills in training camp due to a hip injury. Hollins is just now getting back in 11 vs. 11 drills, and there is a chance he plays Thursday night agains the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Worry Meter: 4

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