Breakdown of Eagles vs. 49ers Injury Report For Sunday’s Game
Ahead of the biggest game of the Eagles' season against the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia's official injury report has ruled out two players while listing two others as questionable for the rematch of last season's NFC championship game.
The two players the Eagles have ruled out are linebacker Zach Cunningham and defensive back Justin Evans.
Cunningham suffered a hamstring injury in last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills and he did not practice all week. Without him, Philadelphia will be lacking depth at linebacker and will be depending on Nicholas Morrow along with Christian Ellis to step up against a high-powered 49ers offense that is averaging 28.2 points per game.
After practicing as a limited participant the week ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs game on Monday Night Football, Justin Evans has not practiced for the last two weeks and is on track to go back on the injured reserve list. After Evans dealt with a Neck Injury earlier this year, he has struggled to rebound from a knee injury to return to the field for Philadelphia this season.
The two players listed as questionable on the Eagles' injury report are defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and tight end Grant Calcaterra.
Cox suffered a groin injury this past Sunday and has not practiced any day this week but there is still a chance he could play on Sunday if he is cleared to play before kickoff. Cox has played the most defensive snaps of any Eagles defensive tackle this season (463), with almost 100 more than Jalen Carter (370).
Calcaterra status to play could impact the Eagles' offensive plan on Sunday since without Dallas Goedert, the offense has seen a void at the tight end position.
Jack Stoll has two catches on four targets in the last two games, so he is irrelevant in the offensive game plan. Calcaterra was a quality pass-catching tight end during his college football playing career at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University.
Even though Dallas Goedert did return to practice on Friday and he is listed as doubtful for this Sunday's game, the expectation is that the soonest he can return from his broken forearm is next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. His injury is usually a 4-8 week recovery and the game in Dallas is more than four weeks clear of the date of the initial injury (November 5th).
The 49ers are listing three players as questionable: DT Arik Armstead, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, and RB Jordan Mason.
The most important player to watch from those names is Armstead, the 49ers top defensive tackle who has played the eighth most defensive snaps this season. Armstead has been dealing with a foot injury and if he doesn't play, San Francisco will lean on Javon Hargrave and Javon Kinlaw against an Eagles team with one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
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