As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for their Week 6 showdown with the New York Jets, it's looking more and more likely that their defense will be shorthanded on Sunday.
The Eagles got some discouraging injury updates on several key defenders after Thursday's practice session, especially in the secondary.
Eagles Week 6 Injury News
According to Philadelphia's injury report, three players did not practice on Thursday; cornerback Darius Slay, safety Justin Evans and defensive tackle Jalen Carter.
Slay missed Wednesday's practice as well and is currently dealing with a knee injury. If he doesn't fit in at least a limited practice on Friday, it's hard to imagine the five-time Pro Bowler suiting up this weekend, so he's certainly in jeopardy of missing his first game of the season.
Like Slay, Evans is also dealing with a knee injury and also didn't practice on Wednesday, so he's in the same boat. If he misses practice again on Friday as well, there's a good chance he'll be sitting on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The most alarming news, however, was the addition of Carter to the injury report. The star rookie is apparently dealing with an ankle injury and did not practice on Thursday after practicing on Wednesday. If he sits this weekend, that would undoubtedly be the biggest absence for Philly.
Eagles fans should monitor the status of all three players on Friday. If they practice, that's a good sign that they'll be able to play on Sunday. If they remain sidelined, however, their odds of playing decrease significantly.
Missing any of these players will deal a significant blow to Philadelphia's defense on Sunday. Fortunately for the Eagles, they have a relatively easy matchup against Zach Wilson and the Jets, who have one of the worst offenses in the league. New York currently ranks 24th in points per fame and 27th in yards per game, so even a depleted Philadelphia defense should still be able to take care of business.
The Eagles are currently favored by a touchdown heading into Sunday's matchup, but that line could shift a point or two if Carter, Slay and Evans are all ruled out.
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