Eagles-Lions injury report, with analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles need a win in Detroit against the Lions to avoid a free fall in the NFL irrelevant the rest of the 2021 season if they are not already there. They will do it without Miles Sanders, Brandon Graham and others. The Lions are even more beaten up as a bunch of their best players are on injured reserve.

Here’s the last Friday Eagles-Lions injury report with analysis.

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RB Miles Sanders (ankle / foot): Sanders was run out on Sunday against the Raiders in the first game of this season, with Nick Sirianni looking to prioritize the running game. Sanders’ injury is not the end of the season. He’s probably going to be out for a few weeks. Kenny Gainwell will start in Sanders’ place, with Boston Scott backing him up, and Jordan Howard will likely become a temporary practice team.

CB Zech McPhearson (hammy): McPhearson has pretty much just been a special teamer this season.


S Anthony Harris (thumb / groin): If Harris can not go (and it is expected that he can not), Marcus Epps will probably start. It is also worth noting that the 21-day training window was activated for K’Von Wallace to get out of IR a week ago.


WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (backside): JJAW still have no goals this season.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

AF Brandon Graham (IR): Graham’s season is over with a broken Achilles’ heel. On the pitch, Graham was without a doubt the Eagles’ best defender in 2020. It is clear since his loss that the Eagles miss his contribution as a pass-rusher and run-stopper, and the Eagles have not been able to replace him adequately. Off the field, Graham has unlimited energy and positivity, and he’s a player you just want around you if you’re the head coach of the NFL.

RG Brandon Brooks (IR): Brooks suffered a chest injury against 49ers. It’s “only” a pec load, as opposed to a tear, so even though he is likely to miss time (about 8 weeks, per Lane Johnson) on injured reserve, it is not a season-ending injury.

LG Isaac Seumalo (IR): Seumalo was run off the field in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys. His season is over after undergoing surgery for a Lisfranc injury.

S K’Von Wallace (IR): Wallace parted his shoulder while trying to tackle Ezekiel Elliott in the first quarter against the Cowboys Week 3. The Eagles activated Wallace’s 21-day training window last week.

TE Tyree Jackson (IR): Jackson got a broken bone in his back during joint training with the New England Patriots. The Eagles activated Jackson’s 21-day training window last week.

MORE: Eagles at Lions: Five games to watch

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We will update with the Lions’ injuries when they are made available.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

C Frank Ragnow (IR)Ragnow was a second-team All-Pro center in 2020. He has been replaced in the ranks by Evan Brown.

LT Taylor Decker (IR): Starter LT. Rookie selection in the first round, Penei Sewell, has moved over from RT to take Deckers place in LT.

CB Jeff Okudah (IR): Okudah was the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He blew up his Achilles week 1.

CB Ifeatu Melifonwu (IR): Rookie third round selection, on IR with thigh injury.

DE Romeo Okwara (IR): Okwara had 10 sacks and 3 forced fumbles by 2020.

WR Tyrell Williams (IR): Downfield threat for Chargers and Raiders signing with Detroit in 2021. On IR with a concussion.

WR Quintez Cephus (IR): 15 catches for 204 yards and 2 TDs in 5 games this season.

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