Alright Philly fans, the Philadelphia Eagles are back from their bye week as they prepare to host their division rivals, The Washington Football Team. Not that this needs to be said, but this is a most win game for this team to keep any hope of post season playing time alive.
Of course this Week 15 game would be surrounded by not just issues, but the unfortunate world we have been all living in for the past two years, COVID-19. Starting this past Monday, multiple teams have seen outbreaks of positive COVID tests, including Washington. As it stands now, 21 players on the Football Team have tested positive and will possibly miss Week 15. Of course there is a reason why we say possibly.
On Thursday the NFL changed their COVID-19 protocols for players who are vaccinated to return 24 hours after testing positive to retest if they are no longer feeling any symptoms. So for Washington's sake, this is a bit of good news considering they have had 21 players test positive. They could potentially see some players back, but they will more then likely still be short handed.
As for the Eagles, their Thursday injury report only had four players limited, with of course two players still in the COVID-19 protocol. Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Patrick Johnson were all in limited participation. Howard, Johnson, and Hurts are the most concerning on this list and Hurts is likely to be the most doubtful of playing on Sunday. If Hurts does not play, Gardner Minshew will get his second start with the Eagles.
After a bizarre twist from the Week 13 with Hurts not playing, it seems that his ankle has not gotten any better or possibly has gotten worse. Howard I would assume is in the same boat with Sanders that they are holding him to a limited status to preserve his health and would more than likely through Johnson in the same boat.
As far as the Football teams actual injuries (non-covid) they will be with out Logan Thomas and Chase Young as well as RB J.D McKissic and WR Curtis Samuel who both did not practice on Thursday. It does however look like they will have Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin for Sunday's game.
As it stands currently, it seems like the Eagles have the upper hand in Week 15, but we will see what the final injury status report shows before game day.