Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, tight end Dallas Goedert, defensive end Derek Barnett and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill are all expected to be active against the Packers on Thursday night.
Pederson also gave an optimistic outlook for running back/kick returner Corey Clement’s availability in Green Bay.
Here’s how Pederson assessed the status of each of their injuries and how much action they can expect to see in Week 4.
Pederson said Jeffery (calf) took part in everything this week, even though he was listed as limited in Monday’s estimated injury report, and says the Pro Bowl wideout “feels good” heading into Green Bay.
All indications are Jeffery will be a big part of the offense.
“Went in this week hoping, kind of anticipating him playing more in this game, so we went in with a full game plan with that in mind,” Pederson said.
After Goedert (calf) wound up suiting up but playing just nine snaps against the Lions in Week 3, there was some question as to whether he was 100 percent. However, Pederson explained the second-year tight end’s usage on Sunday was a result of not knowing he would be able to go.
Expect Goedert to play a larger role against the Packers.
“Dallas was more of a game-time decision last week and we’d already kind of put the game plan together,” said Pederson. “Went in thinking Dallas wasn’t going to be available, so it was a little limited in his respect, but this week is different.”
Clement (shoulder) was listed as limited for Tuesday’s walkthrough, though his condition is improving. And while the third-year player was used solely as a returner and on special teams in the season opener, Pederson hinted he could see some touches out of the backfield on Thursday.
“Corey is getting better,” Pederson said. “I’m hoping he is able and ready to go in this football game and then be a lift to not only the offense but the special teams as well.”
No real surprise, Barnett (ankle) is playing. While the former first-round draft pick missed time during Sunday’s loss to the Lions, he eventually returned and finished the game.
“Derek is doing well,” Pederson said. “Expect him to play.”
The Eagles’ pass rush needs all the help it can get with only one sack from the front four through the first three games. Barnett leads the club and is tied for sixth in the NFL with six quarterback hits — four more than the next closest teammate.
Listed as a full participant this week, Grugier-Hill (knee) will make his 2019 regular season debut on Thursday. But while the fourth-year linebacker was slated to play a big role in the defense prior to his injury, don’t anticipate him seeing the full allotment of snaps right off the bat.
“He’s a very energetic and excitable guy, and of course his leadership,” Pederson said. “And then obviously special teams, he’s a great special teams player and gives us a little bit of a boost there.
“With a guy that’s coming off of an injury, we’ve still gotta be smart and make sure that he can handle a full 60-minute game at least on maybe a limited basis, but we’ll keep an eye on him as we go.”
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and cornerback Ronald Darby are all expected to be out for Thursday’s game.
Everybody else on the Eagles’ injury report was listed as a full participant at Tuesday’s practice.
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