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Carson Wentz joins a growing list of injured Eagles on Sunday Night Football

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Carson Wentz joins a growing list of injured Eagles on Sunday Night Football

Updated: 10:36 p.m.

ATLANTA — Late in the second quarter, Carson Wentz left the Eagles’ game against the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium but returned six plays later.

With 43 seconds left in the first half, veteran backup Josh McCown came out with the offense to try to get a score. After a brief trip to the blue medical tent, Wentz returned. He was being evaluated for a concussion.

Jake Elliott kicked a 41-yard field goal to cut the Falcons lead to 10-6 at halftime.

Earlier in the game, Wentz took a shot to his midsection from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones and just didn’t look right after that. He hasn’t looked like himself all game. In the first half he was 6 for 16 for 47 yards and two INTs — good for a passer rating of 6.2.

Shortly after returning to the game on that last drive of the first half, Wentz threw an incompletion to Nelson Agholor in the end zone and Agholor was hurt. Agholor then went to the medical tent. He was evaluated for a head injury and returned to the game in the third quarter.

DeSean Jackson (groin), Dallas Goedert (calf) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) were all already listed as questionable to return.

That means the Eagles are now down to just two healthy receivers and one healthy tight end.

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Eagles rule out Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Howard day before Washington game

Eagles rule out Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Howard day before Washington game

The Eagles on Saturday afternoon have taken some suspense out of the weekend, downgrading Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Howard to out for Sunday’s game.

All three were initially listed as questionable on Friday.

The only player still questionable going into Sunday’s game in Washington is cornerback Ronald Darby, who popped up on the injury report Friday with a hip flexor injury.

The Eagles have now ruled out a total of four players for the game: Lane Johnson (ankle), Derek Barnett (ankle), Nelson Agholor (ankle) and Jordan Howard (shoulder).

Without Agholor, the Eagles are down to just three healthy receivers on the active roster: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward Jr. and recent call-up Rob Davis. They have three more on the practice squad but would have to promote of them in the next few hours for them to be eligible to play on Sunday.

The Eagles went into last weekend with three healthy receivers and then Alshon Jeffery went down and even Arcega-Whiteside had to leave the game. They finished with one healthy receiver but apparently haven’t learned their lesson. Expect tight end Josh Perkins to play some at receiver.

This will be Agholor’s third missed game in four weeks. He said earlier this week he has been dealing with a knee injury since the Vikings game in Week 6.

Barnett will miss his second straight game after hurting his ankle in the loss in Miami. Vinny Curry started last week and played well; so did Josh Sweat, who rotated in.

Howard will miss his fifth straight game on Sunday. He suffered a stinger in the Bears game before the bye week and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. The Eagles are keeping him on the roster in hopes that he’ll be able to get cleared before the end of the season but after Sunday, there are just two regular season games remaining and no guarantee of a playoff berth.

Without Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai will start at right tackle and rookie Andre Dillard will be the backup swing tackle.

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NFL Week 15 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 15 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are my games to watch for in Week 15 of the NFL season:

Bears at Packers — Sunday, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Bears are growling again. They have three straight wins and are playing like a playoff team. The only problem is their many stumbles along the way have them at just 7-6, and currently the No. 8 seed in the NFC playoff pitcure. They travel to Green Bay with revenge on their minds, still remembering the season-opening loss to the Packers. That the Packers are 10-3 — currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC — is amazing in itself. Defensively, they stop either the run or the pass but never both in a game. Offensively, they don’t score a lot of points and rarely win impressively, but the bottom line is more times than not they have found a way to win. First-year head coach Matt LeFleur has his squad believing in his system. The Pack will rack up their 11th W at Lambeau.

Texans at Titans — Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS

One team is exciting by land, the other by air. Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins gives defenses fits weekly. Tennessee RB Derrick Henry is a battering ram. These two are currently tied for the lead in the AFC South but after getting blasted by Denver last week, Houston is still in control based on best win percentage in division games. The Titans are currently the No. 7 seed. Since QB Ryan Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota after Week 6, the Titans have won six of their last seven and four in a row. Houston has the capability of rising up for big games with wins over the Patriots and Chiefs, but the Titans are hot, and I’m going with the hot team at home. Side note: They'll meet again Week 17.

Vikings at Chargers — Sunday, 4:05 p.m. on CBS

The only thing the Chargers have left to play for is pride and the Vikings are jockeying for better seeding and a possible division title. Under Mike Zimmer, the Vikings have not fared well when traveling west, sporting a 1-6 record in road games played in the Mountain or Pacific time zones. Two of the Chargers' five wins have come against the NFC North. The Vikings' defense is starting to jell again and they’ll need cohesiveness on D because Philip RIvers' offense can light it up at any given moment. The Vikings know what’s at stake — it wont be easy, but they’ll find a way to get the job done.

Rams at Cowboys — Sunday, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Don’t look now, but the Rams are starting to play like the team that represented the NFC in last season’s Super Bowl. They’ve won three in a row with the offense functioning like a well-oiled machine and the defense making plays. As for Dallas, fans are calling for heads to roll, starting with head coach Jason Garrett. They’ve lost three straight and haven’t beaten a quality opponent all season. With that said, they somehow still control the NFC East. They have the the talent all over the field, yet don’t have the wins to show for it. What should have been a promising season will be a disaster if they don’t find a way to rebound and make the playoffs. Sorry, Dallas, until you prove otherwise, you’re just not ram tough enough to win this one.

Bills at Steelers — Sunday, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Just when it looked like Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would have to endure his first losing season in Pittsburgh, his squad has risen from the ashes. A team that was 1-4 at one point is now 8-5, riding a three-game winning streak, and currently the sixth seed in the AFC. What’s even more impressive is that Tomlin is using his third QB of the season. Rookie free agent Devlin “Duck” Hodges has been on the winning side on all three of his starts. The defense has tightened the loose gaps and is playing 'Burgh ball. The Bills have been writing an incredible story of their own. They are currently the fifth seed and just one game behind New England in the AFC East. Buffalo is striving for its first 10-win season since 1999. It will also be Buffalo’s first Sunday night appearance in 12 years. Two good defenses in this one. Two teams hoping to move one step closer to solidifying a playoff spot. This one has the makings of a brass knuckles brawl with the Steelers delivering the final knockout blow.

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