Injury Report: Jackson, Peters Probable

desean_400_102713Here is the Eagles’ injury report for this weekend’s game against the Raiders:

Out: QB Michael Vick (hamstring).

Doubtful: LB Jake Knott (hamstring).


Questionable: Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), WR Damaris Johnson (ankle), LB Casey Matthews (hip).

Probable: OLB Connor Barwin (back), LS Jon Dorenbos (groin), QB Nick Foles (concussion), WR DeSean Jackson (ankle), P Donnie Jones (left foot), T Jason Peters (shoulder, finger), RB Chris Polk (shoulder), DE Cedric Thornton (knee).

No real surprises here. The one thing to keep an eye on is the return game. If Johnson (questionable) can't go, Brandon Boykin will likely return kickoffs. Punts are a little bit more of a mystery though. Jackson could be an option, but Chip Kelly has been hesitant to put him back there. And he might be even more hesitant, considering Jackson has an ankle injury.

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  • travis papa

    I hope damaris rests up that ankle for a month or 2. The only thing more painful than watching a team score on the eagles is watching damaris attempt a return & get pummeled at the 18yd. Worst KR in the league

    • NevadaEagle

      Actually – He ranks 9th in the NFL for KR average and 13th for PR average.. So while he isn’t any great guns, he is doing a decent job for us. That being said – I’m fine with seeing someone else give it a go…

      • BlindChow

        Yeah, this anti-Damaris sentiment is based purely on confirmation bias. The only thing people apparently remember are the two returns against Dallas where he didn’t make it to the 20. He’s averaging 26 yards, so it’s obvious he gets past the 20 more often than not. I’m guessing anyone else on the team we put back there wouldn’t be an improvement.

    • Run Eagles Run

      yeah, shame on him for taking incredibly hard hits and walking away in one piece. jesus. the guy had some TOs, hate on him for that. but for getting hit and bouncing back up the way he does? only in philly.

  • travis papa

    How bout Boykin PR & Brown KR. Anything would be better than damaris. We could cut him & maehl then pick up any 2 ppl on the street & be more productive at those roster spots.

    • anon

      id like to see brown back there — which means we could jst cut dj2 he doesnt add more than a body.

    • BlindChow

      I doubt Brown gets more than 26 yards per return.

    • usmcnole

      Brown would just run out of bounds at the 10 everytime

  • Dominik

    Yeah, really disappointed about our Special Teams play except for Jones, who’s a pretty good punter. With a roster build to be a good ST unit (Kelly and Roseman chose the players at the end of the roster based on ST performance) and a HC who sits in every Special Teams meeting, that’s unacceptable.

    Johnson should be cut and if there isn’t an improvement, Fipp should be fired, too.

    • anon

      yeah he looked really good against bottom of the roster guys in preseason.

    • theycallmerob

      Don’t agree with the Fipp point; we could have the greatest coach in the world, but hand-picked or not these guys have no talent. The fact that Casey Matthew is on the team says more than any words can.

      • anon

        At what point do you make moves in the FO?

        • theycallmerob

          you mean howie? Bout a year from now…one more FA/draft with Kelly for “his guys” and an eval period.
          How is it Fipps fault Henery’s leg is weaker than mine, or DJ2 sucks?

          • UKEagle99

            I’ll give DJ2 credit for something. For someone that gets levelled so hard, so often, I think he hangs on well. 1 fumble this year? We had more than in an opening game the other year when AR decided he roll a dice to decide who was returning at that minute.

          • JofreyRice

            yeah, he’s plucky as he gets absolutely demolished on the field every kick return.

          • cliff henny

            he really does get destroyed. give the guy credit, 11 monsters tearing down field to kill a 165 lb guy, who doesnt have getaway speed, and he hangs in there

          • anon

            Henery WAS good and if DJ2 sucks, gotta make a change. BB isn’t so indispensable he can’t go on ST. But i was talking about talent on the roster generally. It’s hard to think of one roster pick since Howie’s been involved that’s a stud.

          • BlindChow

            DJ2 is averaging 26 yards per kick return. He hasn’t broken one, but his numbers don’t exactly “suck.” (Boykin averaged 23 yds last year.)

          • theycallmerob

            I’d say they suck, since he starts 8 yards deep half the time.
            I’d be more interested in avg. starting field position. Anyone know a good site with those stats?

      • UKEagle99

        Thanks Rob, you had to remind me of that fact didn’t you? Oh well, maybe I’ll quit drinking tomorrow night, assuming nobody else mentions the talentless one.

        • anon

          The sad fact is that Casey has ore talent than other dudes on the roster…

      • JofreyRice

        I mean, when you go from coach to coach without any improvement, it’s clear you have some underlying problem. In a way, you can kind of monitor the state of the talent on the roster by how ST’s plays. Been pretty flat, I’d say, hopefully we can see some improvement one of these years.

        • theycallmerob

          it’s clear you have an underlying problem howie
          …that one’s for you

    • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

      The coverage units have actually been pretty solid. It’s just the return game that sucks. Until we bring in a guy like this Patterson kid in Minnesota who isn’t afraid to hit a damn hole at full speed we are doomed to dreaming of the days Brian Mitchell was back there.

      • anon

        I thought Boykin was pretty good last year.

        • UKEagle99

          I think they don’t want to risk him. I’m not sure what the odds are of being hurt returning but it’s definitely higher than watching on the sideline.

          • anon

            they should have grabbed josh cribbs when he was on the market. Ace return guy and could have been a WR 2/3. Aside for player to player trades Howie’s job was done in the spring.

          • UKEagle99

            I’m not disagreeing with you and certainly not defending Howie but it is easier with hindsight. We had Maclin in the spring and WR wasn’t a glaring need. Cribbs would have been a decent addition.

          • anon

            Yeah and maybe it’s years of andy wanting small overachievers but even as far as developing talent on the roster. WR wasn’t a glaring need but we didn’t have someone that’s up and coming. How old are the receivers? Since we drafted DJ who have we gotten behind him that’s NFL calibur.

          • JofreyRice

            I was really surprised when Marvin Jones fell all the way to the 5th in last year’s draft. He must have had some kind of weird injury issue, because when you watched him play at Cal, he was money–really good route runner down in the redzone. I was hoping the Eagles would have picked him up at some point. Jones is a real nice #2 in Cincy.

            With all the other needs on the team, I can’t fault them for not picking a receiver, tho. We kind of thought we had something in Maclin, he’s just never really panned out. He had some yards and some stats, but I don’t know about you, he just never looked like a legit “threat” to me. Like, he never had that breakaway speed he was advertised to have, doesn’t make anyone miss, dropped balls in big spots, or when covered tightly, and was always leaving games with little nagging injuries.

            I’d be OK with them bringing back Maclin on a cheap deal, but I want to have a receiver on the team that can come down with it if you throw it up to him in a crowd; can outmuscle people, and break a few tackles. We thought we might see that from the TEs, but Celek’s hands are stone, Ertz can’t catch consistently, and Casey can’t see the field.

            Another guy that really fell in the draft in ’12 was ECU’s Lance Lewis. Excellent deep ball/contested catch artist. Would be fantastic in the redzone. 6’2/207 w/mitts about as big as Hakeem Nicks. The Redskins have him on their PS right now–I’d go sign him and get rid of someone like Jeff Maehl or Cunningham or whatever. Get a guy to develop, you know what you have with those 2 guys–NOTHING.