Injuries have hit the Philadelphia Eagles pretty hard at wide receiver this season, and their No. 1 player at the position might not be much of a factor (if he even plays at all) in Sunday's much-anticipated Week 11 matchup versus the New England Patriots.
Alshon Jeffery is dealing with an ankle injury and didn't practice Wednesday. He wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, either, which isn't an enouraging sign for his chances of playing this weekend at Lincoln Financial Field.
Jeffery leads all Eagles wideouts in receptions (34), receiving yards (353) and targets (55) this season. His impressive size (6-foot-3 and 218 pounds) helps him make big plays down field, and the Patriots saw that firsthand in Super Bowl LII when the University of South Carolina product tallied three catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.
We already know the Eagles won't have DeSean Jackson on Sunday. Philly's most talented wide receiver and best playmaker dominated in Week 1 but missed the next seven games with a core muscle injury before returning in Week 9. Jackson re-aggravated his injury in that Week 9 win over the Chicago Bears and was placed on injured reserve after having surgery last week.
These injuries put the Eagles into the unenviable position of likely having to rely on inexperienced and/or less-talented wide receivers against a Patriots defense that's allowed the fewest points and yards per game this season.
Here's a look at the top wideouts on the Eagles' depth chart after Jeffery, along with their 2019 stats.
Nelson Agholor: 9 GP, 32 REC, 282 Yards, 3 TD
Mack Hollins: 9 GP, 10 REC, 125 Yards, 0 TD
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (rookie): 9 GP, 2 REC, 14 Yards, 0 TD
How will the Eagles move the ball through the air Sunday? Expect tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert to be heavily involved, as well as running backs Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles out of the backfield. Sanders ranks third on the team with 305 receiving yards.
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