Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor, who has missed two of the Eagles’ last three games with a knee injury, is unsure if he’ll be able to play on Sunday in Washington.
When asked if his knee is getting better, Agholor gave a less than encouraging — and a conflicting — response.
“I’m in a position right now where it’s kind of a stalemate,” Agholor said. “It’s taking its course. It’s getting better.”
When asked if he’ll practice this week, Agholor said he’d leave that question for the coaching staff. On a short week, the Eagles’ first practice of the week is Thursday.
#Eagles injury report was estimated today because they had a walk-through:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 11, 2019
Did not practice: Nelson Agholor (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (foot), Lane Johnson (ankle)
Limited: Jordan Howard (shoulder), Jalen Mills (elbow)
Full: Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion)
Agholor, 26, said his hope is that he will be able to avoid offseason surgery to repair his knee injury.
While it appeared Agholor hurt his knee on that play in the back of the end zone against the Patriots, that just made it worse. Agholor on Wednesday revealed that this injury dates back months to nearly Week 6 against Minnesota on Oct. 13.
Against New England over a month later, Agholor slammed his right knee in the back of the end zone with a minute left against the Patriots.
“And that made it worse and little bit more uncomfortable,” said Agholor, who immediately grabbed the knee after the play. “I’ve been trying to keep going as much as I can.”
Agholor missed the next week’s game against the Seahawks. He returned against the Dolphins and experienced more discomfort. He was then unable to play last week against the Giants.
While Agholor hasn’t had a good season, the Eagles could really use him this weekend. They lost Alshon Jeffery for the season on Monday night and finished that game with just one healthy receiver.
This season, Agholor is getting paid $9.4 million on a fifth-year option but will be a free agent after the season finishes. This has been a disappointing season for Agholor, but he claims his pending free-agent status isn’t playing a role as he tries to get back on the field. He’s just trying to get healthy and come back.
The Eagles were supposed to have a strong receiving corps this season with DeSean Jackson, Jeffery and Agholor being the top three. Well … Jackson is on IR, Jeffery is about to join him and Agholor has been hurt and hasn’t played well even when he’s been on the field.
“That’s how it was written and it would have been beautiful if that’s the way it played out,” Agholor said. “Things happen in this league. In my case, I’m just trying to get healthy so I can at least help these guys finish up strong.”
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