Two players were ruled QUESTIONABLE: Josh Sweat and Nate Herbig.
Sweat did not practice all week due to illness. Nick Sirianni said Sweat “had some abdominal pain early in the week, but he’s getting a little bit better each day.” It’s not often that Eagles players play a full workload after missing an entire week of practice. The last example of a player missing three days of practice due to illness was Boston Scott ahead of the New York Jets game. Scott was active for that matchup but only played four total snaps (one offensive, three special teams). Of course, Sweat is a more critical player at a position with less depth in a very important game. So, not identical situations. It would obviously be a big loss for the Eagles if Sweat can’t play considering he’s tied with Javon Hargrave as their sack leader.
Herbig was listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday but didn’t practice on Friday. His status bears watching. If he can’t start at right guard, the Eagles figure to use Sua Opeta in that spot. Jack Anderson, who only played his first NFL snaps last week, could be the top backup at guard behind Opeta and Landon Dickerson.
Everyone else on the active roster is ready to play. This includes Miles Sanders, which is good news. Nick Sirianni said there will be “no limitations” in how the team uses Sanders, but one must wonder about the running back’s effectiveness in certain areas. How will Sanders’ injury impact his pass-protecting, his pass-catching, and his ball-security? Sanders said his recovery is at a point where “it’s good enough to play” but he didn’t indicate he’s quite at 100%.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
OG Nate Herbig (ankle)
DE Josh Sweat (illness)
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
OG Brandon Brooks
TE Jason Croom
T/G Jack Driscoll
DE Brandon Graham
TE Tyree Jackson
OG Isaac Seumalo
LB Davion Taylor
T/G Brett Toth
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)
The Bucs ruled out No. 2 running back Ronald Jones and backup wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr., who had six catches for 81 yard and a touchdown in Week 17.
Starting cornerbacks Carlton Davis III and Sean Murphy-Bunting are both questionable to play. Davis was a new addition to the report on Friday; he was listed as limited with a back issue. Something to monitor. SMB, meanwhile, was limited in practice all week long. Could be a boost to the Eagles’ passing game if they can’t play.
The Bucs will potentially activate three key players from injured reserve in Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David, and Giovani Bernard.
WR Cyril Grayson Jr. (hamstring)
RB Ronald Jones II (ankle)
CB Carlton Davis III (back)
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (hamstring)
WR Justin Watson (quadricep)
RB Giovani Bernard (activation window is open)
LB Lavonte David (activation window is open)
RB Leonard Fournette (activation window is open)
WR Chris Godwin
OG Sadarius Hutcherson
DL Patrick O’Connor
CB Richard Sherman