"When Are They Back?" Visualizing Eagles Injury Return Timeframes (Week 7)
Remember when you were excited about this team before training camp? Fans continue to wonder hopelessly what happened to that team as the Eagles enter Week 7 with a 1-4-1 record. But we haven't yet seen that team you were excited about play, thanks to injuries that have devastated this roster. When will we?
Last week I shared a graph to the Eagles subreddit, visualizing when injured players were likely to return barring more injuries. Fellow fans expressed that, especially in a season like this, it helped to shape their expectations for the following weeks and asked if I'd keep it updated. So here we go. Week 7.
Red cells indicate an almost certain OUT/IR/PUP designation. Yellow cells suggest the player may still remain sidelined for those games. If a player missed most of a game due to an injury sustained in that game, I likely marked that game red (out).
We get almost a whole new team after the bye week if the Eagles can just stay healthy (which is, sadly, an "if" bigger than Jordan Mailata). If the Eagles stay close to the now Dak-less Cowboys, they'll have the weapons they need to secure the division rest of season, as weird as that sounds to suggest with their current record.
Notable or Recent Injury Updates
Zach Ertz (high-ankle sprain) and Malik Jackson (quadriceps) are expected to miss multiple weeks after injuries sustained Sunday against the Ravens. In his Wednesday presser, Coach Doug Pederson suggested he and Howie were yet to decide if IR designations were necessary. With a Thursday Night matchup approaching and the bye week just around the corner, I would not be surprised if both remained sidelined until the mid-November.
Coach Pederson said that Avonte Maddox is doubtful for Thursday but has a good chance of returning next week to face the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach's comments about Jalen Reagor (IR/thumb) and Dallas Goedert (IR/ankle), both eligible to be activated from injured reserve this week, were less optimistic, hinting that they may wait until after the bye to bring these two back.
Brandon Brooks (PUP/achilles) should probably be red for the rest of the season, and the yellow cells suggest it's highly unlikely we see him on the field again in 2020. But the freakishly athletic champ posted a video last week of himself doing box jumps, suggesting he might somehow overcome all expectations at some point this season.
Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) have put in limited practices, but with a short week, it's uncertain we'll see them play the Giants Thursday night. The staff has hinted for weeks that Alshon may be on the verge of returning, and yet that return is always just a week or two away.