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Eagles injury update: Doug Pederson rules out DeSean Jackson, holding out hope for Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert

Eagles injury update: Doug Pederson rules out DeSean Jackson, holding out hope for Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert

Updated: 3:09 p.m.

The Eagles have ruled out DeSean Jackson (abdomen) for Sunday’s game against the Lions, but Doug Pederson is holding out hope for his two other key injured skill players. 

Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Dallas Goedert (calf) are listed as questionable for Sunday. 

“The other two, I’m optimistic,” Pederson said on Friday morning. “We’ll see today. And then wait until game day.”

Jeffery did not practice on Friday, but Goedert was limited.

Based on sheer numbers, it seems like it might be difficult for the Eagles to field their 46-man game-day roster. But Pederson was unworried. 

“We have seven days before we play games, so we have all this time in between to get healthy,” he said. “We have plenty of guys.”

If Jeffery and Goedert can’t play — and the Thursday game in Green Bay five days after Sunday will play a role in decision-making — the Eagles will be light at their skill positions: 

Receivers: Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Tight ends: Zach Ertz, Alex Ellis 

Running backs: Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles  

Pederson on Friday touted the versatility of some of his skill players as a way to overcome these injuries. A guy like Agholor can play inside and outside. Sproles can play in the slot and was ready to do so as injuries piled up last week. 

The Eagles also have Greg Ward and Josh Perkins on their practice squad. So if they think they need another healthy body, they could call them up. But then they’d have to find a corresponding roster move.

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Eagles snap counts: Mack Hollins has become invisible

Eagles snap counts: Mack Hollins has become invisible

Remember when Mack Hollins had nine catches for 112 yards in a two-week span? 

It actually happened in Week 2 and Week 3 — of this season! — but that feels like it was years ago at this point. 

Since then, Hollins has disappeared and the former fourth-round pick was completely invisible again in Sunday night’s 37-10 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. 

Hollins, 26, played 30 snaps and was targeted just once. He didn’t catch a pass. 

That means that in the last four weeks, Hollins has played 138 offensive snaps. All he has to show for it is one catch for 13 yards on six targets. In the last three games, he’s played 98 snaps without a catch. 

It seems nearly impossible for someone playing as much as Hollins to be a complete non-factor, but here we are. 

And to make matters worse, since Hollins is playing so much on offense, he isn’t playing special teams, where he’s supposedly good. He had just three special teams snaps Sunday. 

More offensive notes 

• To be fair to Hollins, there wasn’t a ton of offensive production from anyone on Sunday aside from Dallas Goedert, who had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on 36 snaps (but he did fumble). 

Nelson Agholor: 57 snaps, 2 catches, 24 yards, 4 targets
Alshon Jeffery: 57 snaps, 2 catches, 38 yards, 5 targets
Zach Ertz: 49 snaps, 2 catches, 38 yards, 5 targets 

• For the first time since the Lions game, Miles Sanders (33) had more snaps than Jordan Howard (23). Sanders again struggled on the ground, picking up 21 yards on six carries. Howard went 11 for 50. 

• The entire O-line played every snap, including Andre Dillard, making his first-career start at left tackle. 

Offense

Andre Dillard: 61 snaps (100%)
Isaac Seumalo: 61 (100%) 
Brandon Brooks: 61 (100%) 
Lane Johnson: 61 (100%) 
Jason Kelce: 61 (100%)
Carson Wentz: 61 (100%) 
Nelson Agholor: 57 (93%) 
Alshon Jeffery: 57 (93%) 
Zach Ertz: 49 (80%) 
Dallas Goedert: 36 (59%) 
Miles Sanders: 33 (54%) 
Mack Hollins: 30 (49%) 
Jordan Howard: 23 (38%) 
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 12 (20%) 
Boston Scott: 8 (13%)

Defensive notes

• Sidney Jones was not on the injury report all week, but still didn’t play on Sunday. Craig James got four snaps over Jones. It seems like Jones might have been benched. Ronald Darby, coming back from a hamstring injury, didn’t play at all either. 

• In his first game action in nearly a year, Jalen Mills played 64 snaps (91%) and held up fairly well. It was impressive he was able to play as much as he did. 

• Nate Gerry played all 70 defensive snaps, followed by Kamu Grugier-Hill (59) and T.J. Edwards (22). In addition to his 70 defensive snaps, Gerry played 17 on special teams. That’s a really heavy workload and Gerry struggled on defense. 

• In addition to Gerry, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod played all 70 snaps. For the season, Jenkins is 475/475. 

• Since Hassan Ridgeway got hurt, Akeem Spence played 47 snaps, his highest total yet with the Eagles. 

Defense 

Malcolm Jenkins: 70 (100%)
Nate Gerry: 70 (100%) 
Rodney McLeod: 70 (100%)
Jalen Mills: 64 (91%) 
Rasul Douglas: 63 (90%)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 59 (84%)
Derek Barnett: 53 (76%) 
Fletcher Cox: 51 (73%) 
Brandon Graham: 50 (71%) 
Akeem Spence: 47 (67%) 
Orlando Scandrick: 36 (51%) 
Vinny Curry: 26 (37%) 
Andrew Sendejo: 24 (34%) 
Josh Sweat: 23 (33%) 
Hassan Ridgeway: 23 (33%) 
T.J. Edwards: 22 (31%) 
Daeshon Hall: 9 (13%) 
Duke Riley: 5 (7%)  
Craig James: 4 (6%) 
Rudy Ford: 1 (1%)

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The question hanging over Eagles' locker room after awful loss in Dallas

The question hanging over Eagles' locker room after awful loss in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Some guys were angry. Some guys were pissed. More than a few seemed near tears.

When you get blown out twice in eight days, the second time by your biggest rival in a nationally televised battle for first place in the division, the only real way to react is by playing a whole lot better.

But the question hanging over the visiting locker room at AT&T Stadium late Sunday night was whether the Eagles are good enough to do that.

Right now, it sure doesn’t seem that way.

“Ultimately, if the players here can’t do it, that’s how this business works, they’ll find somebody else,” Lane Johnson said. “So that’s always in the back of everybody’s mind. Moving forward it’s a kill or be killed world. Knowing that, we’ve got to move forward.”

The 38-20 loss to the Vikings seemed like a low point.

A week later, the Eagles suffered their worst loss to the Cowboys since a 34-0 embarrassment at the Vet in 1998.

But that was Troy Aikman and one of the NFL’s best teams vs. Bobby Hoying and one of the worst. 

This was different.

This was supposed to be a chance for the Eagles to bounce back from a bad loss in Minneapolis and lay claim to first place in the division.

Instead, they suffered their second-worst loss of the Doug Pederson Era behind only the 48-7 clunker in New Orleans last November.

But that was a Saints team that would go on to win 13 games. This was a Cowboys team that had lost three games in a row, including one to the lowly Jets.

It can’t happen. But it did happen.

“Tonight was embarrassing,” Zach Ertz said. “One of the most embarrassing games I’ve ever been a part of here in Philly. I take a lot of pride in playing for the Eagles, I take a lot of pride playing for this city. We took one on the chin today against a team that we hate. Simple as that. I feel bad for the fans, honestly. It was a pitiful performance. We’re 3-4, not where I thought where we were going to be.”

How bad was it?

• This is only the sixth time since 1977 the Eagles have lost back-to-back games by at least 18 points. 

• This is only the ninth time in franchise history the Eagles have allowed 37 points in back-to-back games — only the third time in the last 30 years.

• Not counting games played with replacement players during the 1987 strike, this was only the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles have allowed 24 first-half points in back-to-back games. It also happened in 1970, 2005 and 2015.

“On prime-time, we went out there and got our asses kicked,” said Dallas Goedert, whose first-quarter fumble led to the Cowboys’ first touchdown. “That’s pretty embarrassing.”

The defense was terrible, but they were put in some terrible positions. Only one of the Cowboys’ TD drives went more than 45 yards.

But they did allow more than 400 yards, and when the Cowboys did get those turnovers, the defense didn’t put up much resistance.

The Cowboys ran for 189 yards against the NFL’s No. 2 run defense — 111 by Ezekiel Elliott — and Amari Cooper jumped off the injury report for 5-for-106 receiving.

“That is not what we do,” Fletcher Cox said. “That’s not our defense, that’s not how we do things around here. We have to fix it. We’re running out of time right now. We have to fix it now with the guys we got. We can’t make any excuses, we have to get our stuff together.”

As bad as the Eagles’ defense was, the offense was worse.

Hapless. Clueless. Hopeless.

The Eagles committed four turnovers, got just four catches for 62 yards from their wide receivers, once again didn’t hit any big plays, couldn’t protect Carson Wentz and generally just looked like it was the first day of OTAs.

“There was no run game, was no pass game, (no) rhythm,” Johnson said. “You saw that. No rhythm. No consistency. When I was watching across the field, Dallas, quick game, quick game, you could just see a rhythm. I feel like that’s something we were missing.”

It’s gotten that bad. 

The Pro Bowl right tackle, who had one of his worst games in years, was admiring the other team’s offense.

“There are really no excuses,” he said. “It’s make or break time. We’ll find out what we’re made of and what this team is made of moving forward here in the next few weeks.” 

It sure won’t be easy.

The Eagles’ next four opponents are a combined 19-6.

“Tough loss last week to the Vikings, tough loss today,” Ertz said. “We’re going to see what the character of this team is these next two weeks. We're going to see what type of team we are, see what type of fight we have in this locker room. I can promise you, I'm going to do everything I have to win these next two games. It kills me. This feeling kills me, honestly.”

Does that feeling kill enough of the guys in the locker room?

Does it really?

Honestly, it was hard to answer that yes Sunday night. We’ll know for sure soon.

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