The Philadelphia Eagles released their final injury report ahead of their NFC Wild Card showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. A.J. Brown and Sydney Brown were already ruled out with respective knee injuries, and now Reed Blankenship is questionable to play after not practicing at all this week, which doesn't bode well for his playing odds. This is a major blow to the Eagles' defense which has already been struggling lately.
Injury Update: Reed Blankenship Is Questionable To Play On Monday
With both Brown and Blankenship out, the Eagles would have only one healthy safety on the roster in Kevin Byard. Avonte Maddox is reportedly moving to safety to fill in for the absences.
The fact that all three players got hurt in the ultimately meaningless Week 18 game against the New York Giants raises questions about head coach Nick Sirianni. Not only did Philadelphia get embarrassed by an awful Giants team, but they also lost key players in the process. In what was supposed to be an easy win to get back on track before the postseason turned into another deflating loss.
Despite all this, Sirianni hasn't shown any signs of regret for his decision to play starters last week. Instead, he said he wanted to see a good performance to turn things around, and used his usual motivational tone to help his team "bounce back".
"When you get hit in life, when you get hit in football, you’ve got two options. You can stay down, or you can get the eff up. And I know this group as fighters. I know this group will get up. I know that we’ve all been through things in our life that we’ve all had to deal with. We know how to get up."- Nick Sirianni
These speeches urging the team to "get up" have obviously not worked. Could it now that we are in the playoffs? That remains to be seen.
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