After a bad day last week against Seattle and DK Metcalf (10 catches, 177 yards), things got worse for Darius Slay on Sunday at Green Bay.
The Eagles had listed their top cornerback as questionable on Friday with a calf injury, but Slay was active, for a while.
Slay’s presence was viewed as crucial against Packers wideout Davante Adams, who entered the game averaging more than 100 receiving yards per outing — 908 yards on 78 catches, with 11 touchdowns, in nine games. Slay did not do much to slow down Adams; after Adams’ second touchdown of the afternoon, the Packers led, 20-3.
Adams finished with 10 catches on 12 targets for 121 yards, and Slay eventually went to the bench with a knee injury. Rookie Michael Jacquet got some snaps at corner.
The Eagles activated from their practice squad recently reacquired running back Jordan Howard, who scored three touchdowns last year when the Eagles won at Green Bay — two running TDs and a receiving touchdown. Howard carried four times for 19 yards Sunday.
Inactive Sunday were third quarterback Nate Sudfeld, wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, running back Jason Huntley, safety Rudy Ford, edge rusher Genard Avery, and wide receiver Quez Watkins.
Also returning to active duty Sunday was tight end Zach Ertz, out since Oct. 18 with an ankle injury. He caught two passes for 31 yards, on four targets.
End of the road for JP?
Jason Peters, the Eagles’ nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle who recently moved to right guard, gave up two sacks in the first half and sat down in favor of Nate Herbig in the second half. It seems fair to wonder whether Peters, at 38 and hobbled by a toe injury, will start again for the team he has played for since a 2009 trade with Buffalo.
Eagles third-round rookie linebacker Davion Taylor, playing on special teams, took a penalty, then went down with a knee injury and didn’t return. Fellow linebacker T.J. Edwards, trying to play through a hamstring injury, also could not continue.