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Injury Impact: Eagles vs Raiders Report

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The Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they can defeat the scattershot Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. That said, both teams have a number of injuries that could impact the outcome of the game.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Questionable

OG Stefen Wisniewski (ankle)

LB Mychal Kendricks (foot)

CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

Good news here is there is no CB Patrick Robinson or DE Derek Barnett after they appeared on the injury report throughout the week. With Robinson clearing concussion protocol, the only question in the secondary is CB Jalen Mills.

Mills acquitted himself nicely after being toasted by a sluggo route by New York Giants WR Tavarres King early in last weeks game. For the day, Mills played 57 snaps in coverage, was targeted 5 times, and allowed 3 receptions for 25 yards and 1 touchdown.

OG Stefen Wisniewski has been a solid cog in the run game but his pass blocking leaves something to be desired, although some of it stems from the lack of chemistry between him and OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. If he can’t go, embattled OG Chance Warmack will likely eat those snaps.

LB Mychal Kendricks, who is battling an injured foot, was a full participant in Saturday’s practice, but with Kendricks, you could list his status as a shrug emoji based on historical precedent. Kendricks being out would be a big blow to a linebacking corp that has struggled to replace Jordan Hicks, which has essentially turned SAF Malcolm Jenkins into a safety/linebacker hybird. Kendricks leads the Eagles linebackers in Run Stop % (19 stops) and pass rush productivity (12 total pressures) while providing a sorely needed semblance of continuity.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Out

DT Treyvon Hester (ankle)

DE Mario Edwards Jr. (ankle)

Doubtful

CB David Amerson (foot)

Questionable

WR Amari Cooper (ankle)

C Rodney Hudson (ankle)

DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle)

LB Bruce Irvin (concussion)

SAF Keith McGill (knee)

The Raiders will be thin along the interior of their defense with back-up Treyvon Hester and starter DE Mario Edwards Jr. out. Edwards ranks 4th among Run Stop % (18 stops) among 3-4 defensive ends and has 3.5 sacks on the season.

CB David Amerson has been a sieve when he’s seen the field, allowing an absymal 2.22 yards per cover snap while giving up a team high 4 touchdowns and a 156.3 QB Rating when targeted. Here’s to his health.

WR Amari Cooper will try to give it a go on a high ankle sprain. Cooper’s disappointing season has been largely due to drops, as he drops 1 in every 5 catch-able passes. It’s important to note that with him inactive against the Cowboys last week, WR Michael Crabtree received a monstrous 17 targets.

C Rodney Hudson was recognized for his spectacular play this season with a Pro Bowl bid and he leads all centers in pass blocking efficiency. His absence would be a significant loss for the Raiders who average 69 yards per game on the ground when on the road.

LB Bruce Irvin would line up across from OT Vaitai if he clears protocol and there is a significant advantage for Irvin in that match-up. As noted in my Big V & Dante’s Inferno article, no tackle has given up more pressures that Vaitai over the last five weeks.

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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