A new trend has emerged in the curious world of NFL insiders: the late-night news dump. Just as you think it’s safe to fall asleep, there’s injury news primed and ready to reach the hands of the hungry and the insomniac. Like Jack in the Box, it’s greasy and hot and probably safe for consumption.
Ahead of the meeting of the Eagles and Lions in Philadelphia, updates on the health of key players on both sides of the match have been released. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis and tackle Taylor Decker could return to the field.
The #Lions are getting healthier, as LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) and LT Taylor Decker (back) both have a good shot to play today, sources say. Neither played last week.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2019
The Lions managed to hold off an impressive pass rush against the Los Angeles Chargers last week without Taylor Decker, but having his talent back is hard to pass off. Jarrad Davis could also be a boon to the Lions defense if he returned.
Meanwhile, the Eagles could be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, nursing a calf injury. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jeffrey is unlikely to play Sunday. Schefter is also reporting that Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert could be a game time decision, as he is also dealing with a calf injury.
Eagles’ WR Alshon Jeffery, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a calf injury, is unlikely to play vs. the Lions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2019
Eagles TE Dallas Goedert, also nursing a calf injury, looked surprisingly better at Saturday’s practice and is now considered a pregame decision.
The injuries will continue to exacerbate issues for the Eagles. Philadelphia is already without wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is working through a groin injury.
As a proper note, neither report is confirming any game time status for the players involved.
Full injury reports are due out later on Sunday morning. We will have those final reports here when they are available.