I would say “Sunday Night Football” was a Pyrrhic victory for the Philadelphia Eagles, but Carson Wentz failed to create that whole “victory” part.
Instead, the Eagles left Sunday night with a battered roster and no win to show for it. Nowhere are they hurting more than at wide receiver.
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, DeSean Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain that is expected to sideline him over the next two weeks. Additionally, Alshon Jeffery has a calf strain, and his status for this week is in doubt, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Jackson leads the team with 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Jeffery was injured early in Sunday night’s game but pulled in five catches for 49 yards and a score in the season opener. So of the Eagles’ six offensive touchdowns, these two receivers are responsible for half.
That could mean more playing time for Eagles receivers Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Hollins is a 2017 fourth-round pick, who has 21 career catches to his name, including five on Sunday night. Arcega-Whiteside is a second-round rookie out of Stanford who has only caught a single pass thus far in his young NFL career.
In addition to those two injuries, several other Eagles players left Sunday night’s game without returning including tight end Dallas Goedert (calf injury), running back Corey Clement (in a shoulder sling) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (broken foot).
We’ll know more about the severity of all these injuries when the first report comes out on Wednesday afternoon.