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Eagles Injury Update: Good news on Miles Sanders and Avonte Maddox

Eagles Injury Update: Good news on Miles Sanders and Avonte Maddox

Good news for Miles Sanders and Avonte Maddox, who both left the Giants game Sunday with injuries in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Doug Pederson said Monday that Sanders and Maddox are both OK and should be available for the playoff opener against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Sanders, the Eagles’ leading rusher and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate, left in the second quarter with an ankle sprain. Maddox left in the second quarter with an unknown injury.

The Eagles are thin at both running back and cornerback, so their return is huge.

Sanders led all NFL rookies in scrimmage yards, and Maddox averaged 44 snaps in the 12 games he was healthy for. With Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills both out, he made his sixth start of the year on Sunday in the Eagles' 34-17 division clincher over the Giants. 

“Miles, the ankle, he’s going to be day-to-day, should be OK, got good news on him, same with Avonte,” Pederson said. “Both those guys are tough guys (and) they should both be OK.”

Pederson also said Zach Ertz (broken rib), who missed the Giants game, and Lane Johnson (high ankle sprain), who's missed the last two games, both have a chance to practice this week and aren’t ruled out for Sunday.

Pederson didn’t confirm a published report that Ertz has a lacerated kidney in addition to the rib injury.

“I don’t believe a lot of those reports, obviously, but I know this, Zach’s a tough guy and we’re going to be smart and we’re going do our due diligence before we put any injured player back out on the field,” he said. “But we’re excited that we can at least incorporate him back into the work this week … and see where he’s at at the end of the week.”

Pederson also said defensive end Daeshon Hall, who played 51 snaps on defense this year and 71 on special teams, tore his ACL on the final play of the game, so he’ll be placed on IR, which will open up a roster spot for a healthy body. 

Receiver Marken Michel and running back De’Angelo Henderson are both possible practice squad call-ups.

The Eagles also lost Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that will require surgery (see story).

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NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

With the 2020 NFL Draft just weeks away, now is the time to start scouting your first round bets - if you haven't already.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a breakout 2019 season, teaming up with Joe Burrow for monster numbers - 111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TD - and a national championship.

But where will he fall in the 2020 NFL Draft?

With Jefferson's over/under set at 23.5, NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg thinks you should take the under on Jefferson going before the 24th overall pick.

It's a combination of talent and circumstance, according to Feinberg. He expects this draft class's top three wideouts - Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III - to be gone in the first 15 picks. 

After the big three are off the board, Jefferson is almost unanimously the top choice for teams in need of young, talented pass-catchers like the Raiders (No. 19), the Eagles (No. 21), and the Vikings (No. 22).

"I think 23.5 is a great bet for the under," Feinberg said, "because I fully expect one of those three teams to snag [Jefferson] up in those picks."

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Michael Gatti looked at the betting lines surrounding the Eagles' No. 21 pick, and found Jefferson as the odds-on favorite at +170.

In what's expected to be one of the most loaded WR drafts in recent memory, four wideouts going in the top 23 isn't a reach. In fact, it's starting to feel like a safe bet.

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Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

The Eagles need better wide receivers in 2020 if they want to return to the Super Bowl. 

With the 2020 NFL Draft loaded at that position, and the Eagles' inactivity at wide receiver in free agency, all signs point towards GM Howie Roseman targeting a star pass-catcher in the first round.

But what if... they don't?

During a Twitter AMA on Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter didn't exactly sound convinced the Eagles are going to take a wide receiver in the first round, and floated a few other possibilities for their No. 21 pick: 

And here's the answer, transcribed:

Jack, that is the most logical thing, is to see Philadelphia go wide receiver in round one. But what if there's a good linebacker there? What if there's a good defensive player there? What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player? There's a lot of different things they can do.

I would never say the Eagles are guaranteed to get a wide receiver in round one. What I would say is, that they're guaranteed to get some wide receivers in this draft, one way or another. They just might not be in round one.

It's a quick hit from Schefty, but there's plenty to unpack.

"What if there's a good linebacker there?"

The Eagles need to start valuing the linebacker position, especially considering their current roster of LBs, and if a name like Patrick Queen is high on their draft board, maybe he's a surprise pick. Eagles fans might not like it.

"What if there's a good defensive player there?"

There are some very interesting defensive prospects who could last until No. 21. Edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson and DT Javon Kinlaw are two notable talents who would probably pique Roseman's love for first-round defensive linemen.

"What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player?"

This feels like a pretty obvious allusion to the Eagles' rumored interest in trading for Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The price for Ngakoue begins with a first-rounder, and the No. 21 pick might start an interesting conversation.

Schefter ending by saying the Eagles will leave the draft with at least one wide receiver is certainly intriguing, and might spell a second-round pick going towards a wideout if Roseman is otherwise tempted at No. 21. Could Clemson's Tee Higgins fall into the second round? Will K.J. Hamler still be available at pick No. 53?

So many question marks - but in three weeks, we'll have answers. 

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