The Eagles' lengthy injured list grew in Sunday’s 23-23 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Doug Pederson indicated the team will travel to San Francisco at the end of the week without tight end Dallas Goedert or starting cornerback Avonte Maddox. Both are believed to have ankle injuries.
Those are serious losses. When Maddox went down, the Bengals went right at replacement Trevor Williams for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Goedert’s loss was crippling to an offense that is most comfortable in 12-personnel (one running back, two tight ends) and whose best receivers are its two tight ends. Goedert also is the best blocker among the tight ends.
There was at least slightly better injury news Monday, however. Pederson said wideout DeSean Jackson’s hamstring strain, which limited Jackson to two first-half catches for 11 yards, isn’t that serious and that Jackson will be “day-to-day,” with a chance to play against the 49ers.
Left tackle Jason Peters limped off the field with 55 seconds remaining in overtime, but Pederson said Peters, 38, is OK, “it was just some fatigue that set in late in the game.”
Pederson said wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will do more in practice this week, after returning to workouts last week from a December foot injury. He said the Eagles will assess Jeffery’s status at the end of the week, but really, the following week at Pittsburgh seems more likely for Jeffery’s 2020 debut.
Wideout Jalen Reagor still has a way to go after thumb surgery, but even with Jackson, Reagor, and sixth-round rookie Quez Watkins (hamstring) sidelined, 2019 second-round draft pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside played just 18 snaps and was not targeted. Pederson said there was an explanation for that.
“The reason we didn’t go to JJ, he actually kind of came up before the game with another lower-body injury, [suffered] in pregame. And so we had to limit his snaps during the game. He’ll be fine, though. He’s day-to-day. We should get him, hopefully, ready to go,” Pederson said.
Arcega-Whiteside has no catches this season after catching 10 passes for 169 yards as a rookie.
That you might encounter problems, relying upon a 17th-year left tackle and a 13th-year wide receiver as key cogs?