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Injury Impact: Eagles-49ers Report

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LB Jordan Hicks (achilles)

QUESTIONABLE

CB Ronald Darby (ankle)

Hicks simply hasn’t been placed on Injured Reserve yet, hence his being listed. Expect a decision on his roster spot by early next week. Darby has been a limited participant in practice for the second consecutive week but is not expected to play. Head Coach Doug Pederson said of Darby, “his biggest thing right now is just getting back intoto football shape.”

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DL Aaron Lynch (calf)

CB K’Waun Williams (quad)

QUESTIONABLE

WR Marquise Goodwin (back)

OG Brandon Fusco (biceps)

OT Trent Brown (concussion)

LB Reuben Foster (ankle, ribs)

Pro Football Focus ranked Eagles WR Nelson Agholor’s match-up against CB Williams as the most advantageous of Week 8, which reason would dictate his match-up becomes even easier with Williams out. Williams was allowing 1.57 yards per coverage snap from the slot and his absence will likely push rookie CB Ahkello Witherspoon into the nickel role. In his limited snaps, Witherspoon has been targeted 5 times, conceding 4 catches for 65 yards for a QB Rating of 118.5.

49ers rookie LB Reuben Foster has been stout against the run in his limited time on the field, boasting a run stop on 9.7% of his snaps and 0 missed tackles. In 26 coverage snaps he has only allowed 1 catch on 2 targets for 7 yards. If the 49ers limit his snap count or he misses entirely, you will likely see even more of Eric Reid playing a linebacker role on passing downs.

WR Goodwin is 2nd on the team in targets (43), but 4th on the team in catches (20) with a sub-optimal 46.5% catch rate. He’s dropped 3 passes this year, putting his drop rate at an abysmal 13.04%, second highest on the team behind WR Aldrick Robinson’s insane 28.57%. Still, if Goodwin plays, he has the speed to stretch defenses and may only need one catch to make a difference.

OT Brown has been solid opposite of Joe Staley, allowing 1 sack on 290 pass block snaps. If he misses time, which is likely as he hasn’t cleared the concussion protocol yet, expect OT Garry Gilliam to replace him. The former Seahawk Gilliam has allowed 2 pressures on 18 pass block snaps. Last year he allowed 43 pressures on 489 pass blocking snaps, the least leaky of the Seahawks’ tackles, which is like saying “best at not falling off a balcony”.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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