Eagles Injury Updates: Estimated Cowboys Pre-Game Injury Report for Week 16

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The Philadelphia Eagles released their first official injury report Tuesday ahead of their Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Please note that this report is an estimate because the team performed a walkthrough rather than normal practice.

Four players were listed as NOT PARTICIPATING: Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, K’Von Wallace and Zach Pascal.

Hurts will likely miss this week’s game due to a right shoulder sprain. The fact that it was listed as a DNP only strengthens that belief. Hurts and Nick Sirianni claim there’s a chance he could play in Dallas. The feeling here is that they’re following through on that message because 1) Sirianni is big on the idea of ​​’competitive advantage’ and wants to force the Cowboys to gear up for two different quarterbacks and 2) they want to minimize concern about the severity of his injuries. I can’t say there’s a zero chance of Hurts playing, but I think it’s in the single digits.

Minshew, who likely starts Saturday, missed practice because he attended and spoke at Mike Leach’s funeral in Mississippi. Minshew is expected to return to Philadelphia on Tuesday night and practice on Wednesday. Ian Book, who has not been active in any games this year, was the only Eagles quarterback available for the team’s walkthrough. Book will backup for Minshew if Hurts is out on Saturday.

Wallace is an unexpected new addition to the injury report with a hip problem. He saw increased playing time in Week 15 due to CJ Gardner-Johnson being on injured reserve and Reed Blankenship being ruled out. Blankenship was listed as a full participant (more on him later) on Tuesday, so Wallace won’t be needed like he is on Sunday. If Wallace misses this week’s game, the team will likely temporarily lift Anthony Harris from the practice squad to serve as a backup behind Blankenship and Marcus Epps.

Pascal was not listed on Tuesday’s original injury report the Eagles issued; he was later added with a concussion. Pascal must comply with mandatory league protocol to play on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether there is enough time for that to happen. If he can’t play, the Eagles will be down to just AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins and Britain Covey at wide receiver. They have Greg Ward and Devon Allen on the practice squad.

One player has been listed under LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Tyree Jackson.

Jackson is apparently dealing with a knee problem. His injury comes at a time when the Eagles really don’t need him anymore as they’ve activated Dallas Goedert from IR. Jackson was TE3 in the pecking order with Goedert out, so now he’s TE4. Perhaps the Eagles could try to put Jackson on IR to open up a roster spot to sign Christian Elliss, who is temporarily out of practice roster raises. Something to monitor.

One player was listed in FULL PARTICIPATION: Reed Blankenship.

Blankenship suffered a knee injury in Week 14 and missed Week 15. It looks like he’s ready to get back on the field in Dallas. Good news. Blankenship should start safely with CJGJ out for at least one more game.



QB Jalen hurts (right shoulder)
QB Gardner Minshew (staff)
S K’Von Wallace (hip)
WR Zach Pascal (concussion)


TE Tyree Jackson (knee)


S Reed Blankenship (knee)


Two Cowboys players did not practice: Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch.

Parsons is just dealing with an illness. It will be ready to play.

LVE, however, will likely lose this game after being injured in Week 15. That’s bad news for the Cowboys’ defense prospect.

Five Cowboys players were limited in practice: DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Jayron Kearse, Noah Brown and Jake Ferguson.

Lawrence is a player who is managed during the week to get to game day.

Armstrong was limited in practice all week last week. He played despite being considered questionable… but recorded his lowest snap count of the season and failed to score a stat. It appears to be operating at less than 100%. Armstrong ranks second among the Cowboys in sacks this season.

Kearse, a starting safety for Dallas, is also making it to game day.

Brown, who ranks second among the Cowboys in receiving yards, will likely play but is a little shaken.

Ferguson, the Cowboys’ second tight end, will likely return for this game after missing last week with a concussion.


LB Micah Parsons (illness)
LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck)


DE Dorance Armstrong (knee)
WR Noah Brown (foot)
TE Jake Ferguson (concussion)
S Jayron Kearse (shoulder/back)
BY DeMarcus Lawrence (foot)