The harm report was comparatively clear for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, minus one necessary defensive starter. Josh Sweat missed his second straight follow with an undisclosed non-COVID sickness. Hopefully, it’s nothing too severe and he’s cleared in time for Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff.
Sweat has been a breakout star at defensive finish in his fourth season. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder is tied for the team lead in sacks (7.5) with Javon Hargrave whereas rating second in quarterback hits (18) and tackles for loss (7). Sweat continues to determine himself as one of many Eagles’ most dominant pass rushers after inking a three-year, $40 million contract extension on September 18. His presence has been very important ever since Professional Bowler Brandon Graham landed on injured reserve.
“I’ve come a good distance. I’m nonetheless going,” Sweat stated after signing his deal. “I’ve obtained much more I wish to do. That’s the small half to me. Now I wish to be the very best.”
In the meantime, Miles Sanders practiced in full for a second straight day and the belief is he’ll swimsuit up on Sunday. The Eagles’ beginning operating again fractured his hand towards New York on December 26 and missed the ultimate two video games of the yr. He completed with 754 speeding yards on 137 carries throughout an injury-plagued 2021 marketing campaign. Sanders didn’t register a single landing in 12 video games.
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Eagles Gamers Focus on Playoff Preparation
The cliched manta being drilled into Eagles gamers this week is that Sunday is just another game. Overlook the wild-card playoff logos on the sector. Block out the nationwide TV viewers. And don’t stare instantly at Tom Brady’s seven shiny Tremendous Bowl rings. To this point, so good.
In fact, head coach Nick Sirianni has the final word trump card in his deck: Tremendous Bowl champions within the locker room. 9 to be actual, together with guys on injured reserve. Two of them have been offering calm earlier than the storm.
“Go huge or go house, child. That’s actually the place it’s at,” proper deal with Lane Johnson said. “You strive to not get caught up within the hype and every part that’s happening round you however with that stated it’s arduous so simply making an attempt to remove the distractions and attempt to have a very good Thursday follow right now and transfer ahead.”
“Having the identical degree of preparation that you simply’ve had since we began the season,” security Rodney McLeod stated. “Don’t swap something up as a result of now it’s the playoffs or now it’s the Tremendous Bowl, simply be who you’re as a result of that’s going to be sufficient.”
Steven Nelson Will get Signing Bonus
Cornerback Steven Nelson missed out on a $375,000 play-time incentive as a result of the Eagles rested him in Week 18. They wished to take a seat all their starters to maintain them recent for the playoffs. Effectively, the franchise has rewarded Nelson (through ESPN’s Field Yates) for sticking to the plan by giving him a $375,000 signing bonus to make up for it.
That’s a fairly cool gesture by an aesthetic group. And Nelson could also be in line for an enormous pay increase this offseason if anybody was listening to Darius Slay.