Eagles-Buccaneers injury report, with examination

Heading into the wildcard round of the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles keep a comparatively healthy team, and they are now also rested, as most of their starters got last weekend off with a playoff berth already clinched. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also a healthy team, for the most part, though they could be missing some important pieces on Sunday. Here is the Eagles-Buccaneers injury report, with examination.


Friday’s report:

Player  Injury  *Wed  Thurs  Fri  position 
DT Fletcher Cox Rest DNP complete complete
RT Lane Johnson Rest/Knee DNP Limited Limited  
C Jason Kelce  Rest   DNP  complete  complete   
DE Josh Sweat  Illness (non-COVID)   DNP   DNP  DNP  Questionable 
LB Shaun Bradley  Stinger  Limited   Limited complete   
OG Landon Dickerson  Thumb  Limited   complete  complete   
OT Andre Dillard  Knee  Limited   Limited complete   
OG Nate Herbig  Ankle  Limited   Limited DNP  Questionable 
RB Miles Sanders  Hand  Limited   Limited complete   
WR Greg Ward  Back  Limited   complete complete   
QB Jalen Hurts  Ankle  complete   complete complete   
 CB Kary Vincent Foot  complete   complete complete   
 LB Patrick Johnson Back      Limited   

*Wednesday’s practice was a walkthrough. Injury classifications were projections.

• DE Brandon Graham (IR): Graham’s season is over with a ruptured Achilles. On the field, Graham was arguably the Eagles’ best defensive player in 2020. It’s clear since his loss that the Eagles miss his contributions as a pass rusher and run stopper, and the Eagles have not been able to adequately replace him. Off the field, Graham has unlimited energy and positivity, and he is a player that you just want to have around if you’re a head coach in the NFL. 

• RG Brandon Brooks (IR): Brooks suffered a pectoral injury against the 49ers. It’s “only” a pec strain, as opposed to a tear, so while he’ll likely miss time (about 8 weeks, per Lane Johnson) on injured save, it was initially not thought to be a season-ending injury. Brooks got hurt Week 2, so Week 12 was 10 weeks. Nick Sirianni has been repeatedly asked about Brooks’ possible return, but no useful information has been given.

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

• OL Jack Driscoll (IR): Driscoll’s season is over after experiencing a high ankle sprain against the Giants. Driscoll showed potential as a rookie in 2020, and he was a valuable player for the Eagles in 2021, initially filling in for Lane Johnson at RT, and later at RG in relief of Brandon Brooks. He played 512 snaps for the Eagles in 2021, and has looked like a capable starter, but his inability to stay on the field is concerning.

• LB Davion Taylor (IR): Taylor started six games for the Eagles. He had his best game as a pro in Denver Week 10, when he forced a pair of fumbles against the Broncos, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Darius Slay. Taylor was drafted as a raw prospect out of Colorado during the 2020 NFL Draft, and while he nevertheless has a ways to go as a specialized linebacker, he has made positive strides during the 2021 season. He has been replaced in the lineup by Alex Singleton, and Nick Sirianni recently revealed that his season is over.

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: Arcega-Whiteside has played a blue collar role for the Eagles this season, mostly as a blocker on the perimeter and on special teams. On Saturday night, he reminded us why the ball almost never comes his way, when he dropped what should have been a touchdown against the Cowboys.


Thursday’s report:

Player  Injury  *Wed  Thurs  Fri  position 
RB Ronald Jones Ankle DNP DNP
OLB Anthony Nelson Ankle DNP Limited     
WR Cyril Grayson  Hamstring   DNP  DNP     
WR Mike Evans  Hamstring  Limited  complete     
C Ryan Jensen  Shoulder  Limited  Limited     
OLB Shaquil Barrett  Knee  Limited  Limited     
 OLB Jason Pierre-Paul Shoulder/Knee  Limited  Limited     
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting  Hamstring  Limited  Limited     
CB Jamel Dean  Hamstring  Limited  Limited     
WR Breshad Perriman  Hip  Limited  Limited     
 CB Rashard Robinson Groin  Limited  Limited     
RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn  Ribs  complete  complete     
P Bradley Pinion  Hip  complete  complete     
WR Justin Watson  Quad  Limited  Limited     
QB Tom Brady  Rest    DNP     
DT Steve McLendon  Rest    DNP     

*Wednesday’s practice was a walkthrough. Injury classifications were projections.

Wednesday notes: A number of the Bucs’ best players were limited in practice on Wednesday, but none are thought to be in danger of missing Sunday’s matchup against the Eagles.

Thursday’s notes: Evans was a complete participant, which is a good sign for the Bucs in terms of his level of health.

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Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

WR Chris Godwin: Godwin led the Buccaneers in 2021 in receptions (98) and yards (1103). He was third in receiving TDs (5). He was a huge part of Tampa’s offense, whether it be as a possession receiver, in the screen game, or as a blocker on the perimeter, as he is one of Bruce Arians’ favorite players.

WR Antonio Brown: Technically, Brown isn’t on the team anymore, as he was essentially kicked off the team during a Week 17 win in New Jersey over the Jets, but we’ll include him here anyway since he was clearly a big part of the Bucs’ offense, when healthy.

CB Richard Sherman: The Bucs signed Sherman when they had some other injuries at corner earlier in the season, but he’s basically cooked.

IR, designated for return

  1. LB Lavonte David
  2. RB Leonard Fournette
  3. RB Giovani Bernard

During a Monday press conference, Arians said that Fournette will be good to go on Sunday, but was less certain with David. As we noted in our five matchups to watch when Philly has the ball, David is Tampa’s best cover linebacker, and if he can’t go, they’ll miss him against Dallas Goedert. 

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