In the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, people will be heading to family members’ homes for Thanksgiving dinner or heading to their old high schools to watch traditional football rivalries.
Meanwhile, at the NovaCare complex, the Eagles prepare for Sunday’s game against their NFC East rival, the Giants. Based on the latest injury report, the team might have one of their best defensive players ready to go.
Cornerback Darius Slay was a limited participant in Thursday’s closed-door practice. Slay, who left last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a head injury, missed Wednesday’s goal. Slay played at a Pro-Bowl level, leading the team in interceptions (3) and defensive touchdowns (3).
If Slay clears the concussion protocol, it will go a long way to help the Eagles succeed defensively, especially if he’s assigned to cover Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
However, the Eagles haven’t received any good news regarding running back Jordan Howard. Howard missed practice for a second straight day, recovering from a knee injury he also suffered last Sunday. Howard is averaging 5.4 yards per carry over the four games he’s played this season, using his physical north-south running style to pick up yards.
With the trend as if Howard isn’t playing, Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell could see an increase in running back snaps, joining Miles Sanders in a new-look ground attack that has averaged over 200 yards over the past four. last few weeks.
While linebacker Shaun Bradley (neck) was limited to training, the Eagles added two defensive players to the injury record. Defensive end Josh Sweat was limited by a knee injury and cornerback Tay Gowan was limited by a quadriceps problem.
Sweat, who has been the starter since Brandon Graham was lost to the season with an injury to Achilleas, will be a key injury to watch out for as the week progresses. If he is unable to play, Ryan Kerrigan could replace the incumbent.
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