Eagles Injury Report: 6 Players Hurt, Jalen Hurts Gets Nickname

Jason Peters, Carson Wentz

Getty The Bodyguard has protected Carson Wentz's blindside since his rookie year in 2016.

The Philadelphia Eagles may be turning the starting right guard job over to Nate Herbig full-time for the rest of 2020. Jason Peters missed practice on Thursday, one day after he was listed as a “limited” participant. His nagging toe injury — one that will require surgery after the season — may force him out for Week 14.

Herbig subbed in admirably last week when Peters had to leave the game. He played 26 snaps against the Green Bay Packers and showed no signs of rust. The second-year guard out of Stanford has outplayed Peters all year, allowing just as many sacks (2) with two less quarterback hits (0) in 331 more passing downs. He’s the future and the future starts now.

More concerning than Peters might be the absences of linebacker T.J. Edwards (hamstring) and cornerback Darius Slay (knee). Edwards missed his second straight session on Thursday while Slay has been “limited” for back-to-back practices. Neither injury was originally deemed serious but there are only three days until kickoff. Defensive end Derek Barnett (pelvis) also randomly popped up on the injury report for the first time as a “limited” participant.

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Fletcher Cox, Alshon Jeffery Practice in Full

The Eagles also listed backup cornerback Michael Jacquet (hamstring) and reserve safety Rudy Ford (hamstring) out at practice.

“He stepped and had to fill some big shoes,” Rodney McLeod said of Jacquet on Nov. 12. “Slay goes down, and now he’s asked to come in and in a meaningful game with our season on the line, and he didn’t blink.”

On the flip side, All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (neck) was back to being a full participant after not practicing at all on Wednesday. He’s trending in the right direction. So is receiver Alshon Jeffery (calf) who was back in full. Head coach Doug Pederson will provide another update on Friday.

“I know both those guys are sore and I haven’t made a firm commitment yet either way,” Pederson said of Peters and Jeffery on Wednesday. “Like I said, we’ll have the next guy up, we’ll have them ready to go and hopefully these guys get healthy this week and can give us something in the game.”

Eagles Players Support Jalen Hurts

The controversy surrounding the Eagles’ muddied quarterback picture might not be as dirty as everyone thinks. Several players have come out in confident support for benched starter Carson Wentz, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t jumping on board the Jalen Hurts train.

Team leaders like Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce agreed something had to change. Hurts looks like he can provide the spark they need. It’s nothing personal, plus everyone can see a certain “swagger” and “leadership” in the kid from Houston.

“The first and foremost job is to be a good teammate and that entails giving of yourself to others and doing everything you can to help the person next to you succeed,” Kelce said. “Everybody wants everyone else to do well. We have an incredible culture.”

Miles Sanders added that Hurts’ confidence is “through the roof” and Jack Driscoll said “you can’t even tell he’s a rookie” the way he’s commanded the huddle. Jordan Mailata even has a new nickname for Hurts. He calls him “Deuce” for obvious reasons. (Hurts literally wears the No. 2).


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