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49ers vs. Eagles injury report

Avonte Maddox
Avonte Maddox

Everyone is good to go for the Eagles on Sunday.


The Eagles will get back nickel cornerback Avonte Maddox, who was a full participant in Friday's practice. He has NO game designation for Sunday's NFC Championship. Maddox suffered a toe injury on Christmas Eve in Dallas and missed the past three games. He still played 41 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season, recording one interception, 3 passes defended, 4 quarterback hits, 3 tackles for loss, and 43 total tackles.

Tackle Lane Johnson has been battling a groin injury, but he – like Maddox – was a full participant on Friday and has no game designation.

Linebacker T.J. Edwards was added to the injury report on Friday. He was limited with an ankle injury, but he has no game designation for Sunday.

Meanwhile, the only player ruled out for the 49ers is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, not a surprise, as he'll miss the NFC Championship Game with an ankle injury.

Two other players are questionable – running back Elijah Mitchell (groin) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle). Mitchell had 51 rushing yards in the Divisional Round win over Dallas.

Thursday's Injury Update

One thing you can be sure of when cornerback Avonte Maddox returns to the defense – and we don't exactly know when that will be, but the Eagles are hopeful that he will be ready to go on Sunday after practicing on a limited basis on both Wednesday and Thursday – he's going to be Avonte Maddox. He's going to fly around, get to the football, be physical, and just have funnnnnnn.

"Oh, when I get on the field, I don't baby anything," Maddox said on Thursday, laughing at his NovaCare Complex locker. "I cut it loose."

Maddox said the toe injury he suffered in the Christmas Eve loss at Dallas is a "day-by-day thing," and he's not certain about playing Sunday against the 49ers.

"When I get closer to the game, I'll know how I feel really to be out there and play," he said. "Right now, I don't really know."

A hamstring injury and then the toe injury – which happened when he sacked Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and initially felt like a cleat problem when Maddox celebrated the sack – have limited Maddox to nine games this season. One of the NFL's best nickel cornerbacks, Maddox has still played 41 percent of the defensive snaps and has one interception, 3 passes defended, 4 quarterback hits, 3 tackles for loss, and 43 total tackles.

Being out at practice was a great tonic for Maddox, who is itching to get back to work on gamedays.

"It felt good just to be able to be back out there with the team and run around and do things I haven't done in a while," Maddox said. "It definitely felt relief, in a way."

Several other Eagles were limited, but only for rest purposes. This is how Head Coach Nick Sirianni typically conducts business during the season. Tackle Lane Johnson, who is dealing with a groin injury, was also limited.

RB Christian McCaffrey says there's no chance he misses Sunday's NFC Championship

Prior to Thursday's practice, the 49ers announced the following:

• QB Jimmy Garoppolo would not practice with his ankle injury.

• RBs Christian McCaffrey (calf) and Elijah Mitchell (groin) would not practice either.

• WR Deebo Samuel would be limited again with the ankle injury.

• Same for CB Ambry Thomas.

The 49ers have not lost since McCaffrey entered the starting lineup in Week 8, one game after he was acquired in the trade from the Carolina Panthers.

McCaffrey had 1,210 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns to help the 49ers earn the No. 2 seed.

When asked on Thursday if there was any chance that he would miss Sunday's game, McCaffrey responded, "zero."

Wednesday's Injury Update

The Eagles came out of Saturday night's win healthy and could add another starter back to the lineup for the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

After holding a walkthrough on Wednesday, the Eagles announced their injury report:

Limited Participation

• T Lane Johnson – Groin

• CB Avonte Maddox – Toe

That's it.

Johnson returned to the lineup for the Divisional Round win after missing the final two games of the regular season. Maddox has been out for the past three contests, including the playoff win over the Giants.

Johnson played 67 snaps on Saturday and didn't allow a QB hurry, let alone a sack. This Sunday presents a tall task as Johnson will see snaps against All-Pro defensive end Nick Bosa.

In Maddox's absence, C.J. Gardner-Johnson has played the nickel cornerback spot with Reed Blankenship patrolling at safety. Gardner-Johnson played the nickel in his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, so it was, in some regard, a return to a familiar position.

The 49ers have not yet released their official injury report, but Head Coach Kyle Shanahan announced the following:

Will Not Participate

• QB Jimmy Garoppolo – Ankle

• RB Christian McCaffrey – Calf

• RB Elijah Mitchell – Groin

• WR Deebo Samuel – Ankle

Will Have Limited Participation

• CB Ambry Thomas – Ankle

Acquired midseason from the Panthers, McCaffrey amassed 1,210 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns with the 49ers. San Francisco has not lost since McCaffrey entered the starting lineup in Week 8, one game after he arrived.

Like McCaffrey, Samuel is a dual-threat with his ability to make plays in the pass game (56 rec., 632 yards in the regular season) and the run game (42 rushes, 232 yards). Mitchell was the team's third-leading rusher in the regular season with 279 yards.

UPDATE: There were some additions/changes to the pre-practice injury report.

Did Not Participate

• T Trent Williams – Rest

Limited Participation

• DE Charles Omenihu – Oblique

• WR Deebo Samuel turned out to be a limited participant with the ankle injury.

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