Fans were calling the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 2 game against the Atlanta Falcons the “Body Bag Game: Part 2”. In the first half, Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery joined Dallas Goedert on the sideline, who had a pre-game injury himself. Jackson suffered a groin injury while Jeffery and Goedert both sustained calf injuries. In the second half, Timmy Jernigan went down with a foot injury and Corey Clement came off the field with a shoulder injury. The amount of injuries sustained with the Eagles could leave them with quite the dilemma.
Below is a breakdown of injuries for the Eagles:
Alshon Jeffery (Calf):
Jeffery is a vital wide receiver in the passing game for the Eagles. Having him on the sidelines was definitely shown throughout the game against the Falcons since he was a major player in week 1. From Alshon’s injury, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arthega-Whiteside were forced up to play.
Desean Jackson (Groin):
Desean Jackson came back into the game after being evaluated in the medical tent for only two plays before going back to the sidelines. As an absolute star in Week 1, it was clear that the wide receiver was missing. Again, with two major wide receivers out, the “next man up” mentality was forced upon. With Jackson’s significance, it’s hard to replace him with just anyone. With QB Carson Wentz and Jackson, the chemistry there is undeniable which is extremely hard to mimic. There needs to be something done by the Eagles as it was announced that Jackson was likely to miss Week 3 and 4.
Dallas Goedert (Calf):
As stated before, Goedert injured his calf before the game had even begun. The tight end did wear his full uniform on Sunday, but didn’t play a snap. This leaves Zach Ertz as the only other healthy tight end. The Eagles did announce that they were activating Alex Ellis from the practice squad. Another option for the Eagles is to promote Josh Perkins, a tight end that’s been with the team for the last two seasons.
Timmy Jernigan (Foot):
Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan did not return to the game after halftime on Sunday. Akeem Spence stepped up across from Fletcher Cox in the second half. It was announced that Timmy Jernigan could be out for at least a month, maybe more which definitely raises questions on what the Eagles’ defensive tackle situation will lie. The Eagles have an option of promoting defensive tackle Bruce Hector from the practice squad.
Corey Clement (Shoulder):
Corey Clement had a big fumble in the third-quarter of Sunday’s game and was injured on the same play. He came off the field and was seen wearing a sling after the game had concluded. Clement was the primary returner as was Miles Sanders. Even though an injury is never good, Clement’s injury isn’t as pressing as some of the others that occurred. The Eagles still have Sanders, Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles to be the “next man up”.
Ultimately, the Eagles will be forced to make some roster moves. They already have, it’s just a point of where will the next guy will be moved to. In the Timmy Jernigan situation, an option for the Eagles could be to place offensive tackle Jordan Mailata, who has been held out of practice for three weeks, on the injured reserve list. Doing this would make room for another tight end, wide receiver or defensive tackle on the Eagles’ 53-man roster. The Eagles cancelled practice on Wednesday, giving those injured rest and having walkthroughs only. More updates will be added throughout the week.