DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters and Nigel Bradham ruled OUT for Dallas game
18 October 2019 Eagles News
With the biggest game of the season just two days away, the Eagles received some disappointing injury news today, as WR DeSean Jackson, LB Nigel Bradham and T Jason Peters are all out for Sunday’s game in Dallas.
Jackson hasn’t played since Week 1, when he torched the Redskins for 8 catches, 154 yards and two deep touchdowns, while Bradham and Peters have started all six games for the Birds.
LB Nigel Bradham (ankle), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck), T Jason Peters (knee) and RB Darren Sproles (quadricep) are all officially out.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) October 18, 2019
Peters’ absence means that rookie first round pick OL Andre Dillard will be getting his first start of his brief NFL career. Dillard should be able to hold down the fort for the time being, as he was drafted to be Peters’ successor.
After releasing Zach Brown earlier this week, the Eagles are now extremely thin at linebacker, which will make stopping Ezekiel Elliott even harder Sunday night. Due to their lack of linebacker depth, Nathan Gerry will be the primary signal caller on defense vs. the Cowboys, which he did a little bit of last week against the Vikings.
Thankfully, not all of the Eagles’ injury news has been negative this week, as Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, the starting corners from the Super Bowl LII team, are expected to return to the starting lineup.
Jalen Mills expects to start Sunday against the Cowboys.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) October 18, 2019
At the very least, this should give a boost to the Eagles’ pass rush, which needs to come up huge and put constant pressure on Dak Prescott Sunday night. Having Mills and Darby healthy, to go along with Rasual Douglas, Sidney Jones and Craig James, will add some much needed depth in the secondary, who will be trying to make amends for last week’s disaster in Minnesota.
In a game where the winner takes over sole possession of first place in the NFC East, the Eagles will again be faced with some major adversity. In year’s past, these types of games have brought the team closer together, which has helped to turn Doug Pederson’s team into one of the league’s most resilient groups.
He even sort of guaranteed a victory earlier this week to further focus his team.
It won’t be easy, but getting to 4-3 is all that matters, whether the roster is fully in-tact and healthy or not.