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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

QUESTIONABLE

TE Zach Ertz

CB Ronald Darby

Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson has given the green light for Ertz, saying they shut him down in practice this week after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. This comes as a gigantic relief, as all the Eagles wide receivers come into this game with potentially frustrating match-ups. Ertz leads the team with 64 targets, 43 catches, 528 yards, and 6 touchdowns while ranking 4th among Tight Ends in yards per route run (2.06).

Darby will likely be held out again after being a limited participant all week. Pederson has stressed that they are ensuring that they are getting him back into game shape before he returns to action, which will likely be after the bye.

DENVER BRONCOS

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OT Donald Stephenson (calf)

QUESTIONABLE

WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle)

OG Ron Leary (elbow)

ILB Todd Davis (ankle)

The Broncos have sorely missed WR Sanders, who remains second on the team in targets (40), receptions (25), and yards (266) despite missing two weeks with an ankle injury.

Should he play and be near healthy, Sanders’ speed on the outside could help the sputtering Denver passing attack, but it’s unlikely with QB Brock Osweiler at the helm. In 2016 with the Houston Texans, Osweiler attempted 63 passes over 20 yards in the air. He completed 12 of those for 379 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, good for a deep passing QB rating of 46.9. Of qualifying, starting quarterbacks, only Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was worse on deep balls.

The Broncos have gone three weeks straight with a new offensive line configuration and are bleeding sacks at a clip of 3.6 per game (30th in the league). Losing backup OT Stephenson is a non-issue as he has only taken 15 snaps all year, but losing OG Leary could be a huge hit.

Leary has been rock solid as a pass protector this year, not surrendering a sack in 258 pass blocking snaps. If he’s out his replacement will likely be former Eagles OG Allen Barbre, who has surrendered twice the pressures on half the snaps of Leary. It would also impact their run game and getting that going is likely going to be a focal point of the gameplan with a literal garbage can under center.

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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