The Eagles released their game status report on Friday, ahead of Sunday's NFC East showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. The initial game status report was updated later Friday evening as defensive end Derek Barnett (calf) was added as a limited participant and linebacker Duke Riley (bicep) was downgraded to out.
• DE Derek Barnett (calf) – (Saturday update) Added to the practice report on Friday, Barnett was downgraded from questionable to out on Saturday before the team left for Dallas. Big loss, especially with Josh Sweat also out. Vinny Curry starts alongside Brandon Graham. Genard Avery is the No. 3 defensive end. Joe Ostman was called up from the practice squad.
• LB Duke Riley (bicep) – Originally listed as questionable, Riley was downgraded to out after not practicing on Friday. Who will replace him in the base package as an outside linebacker? Same on special teams. The Eagles have call-up options on the practice squad.
• TE Richard Rodgers (ankle) – The Eagles have call-up options on the practice squad if they want a third tight end for Sunday.
• CB Kevon Seymour (knee) – Good news is that Darius Slay is cleared to return after missing last Sunday's game with a concussion.
• DE Josh Sweat (wrist) – Genard Avery is in line to contribute to the defensive end rotation, as the Eagles will want to get after quarterback Andy Dalton in the pocket.
• DT Fletcher Cox (neck) – The Pro Bowl defensive tackle did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, so his practice participation on Friday bears watching.
• P Cameron Johnston (concussion) – Good news for the Eagles that Johnston returned to practice in some capacity on Thursday, but he'll still need to be cleared by the independent neurologist before he can play on Sunday.
DeSean Jackson has had some memorable moments over the years against the Dallas Cowboys, including a 210-yard outing in 2010. Could he add another chapter this Sunday?
Jackson has been on Injured Reserve since the Week 7 win over the Giants when he suffered an ankle injury on a punt return. The Eagles activated his practice window, providing a chance that he could return to the lineup for Sunday's pivotal NFC East showdown.
"He's getting close," Head Coach Doug Pederson said on Thursday. "We activated it for that reason. We feel like he is close. He was able to get some snaps in yesterday with the offense. And we'll integrate him more today and just see where he's at. It's the first time he's been able to do any kind of football activity with the team, more football maneuvers, running routes and blocking and things of that nature.
"So we'll see how he is and see how he feels today, but we'll try to ramp him up today and keep him coming."
Since Jackson is not on the active roster at the moment, he is not on the team's injury report.
As for Thursday's injury update, a couple of changes:
• DT Fletcher Cox (DNP, neck) – The Pro Bowl defensive tackle did not practice again on Thursday, but this time it was solely because of his neck injury.
• P Cameron Johnston (limited, concussion) – Good news for the Eagles that Johnston returned to practice in some capacity on Thursday, but he'll still need to be cleared by the independent neurologist before he can play on Sunday.
Josh Sweat has been one of the bright spots for the Eagles in 2020. The third-year defensive end suffered a wrist injury on Sunday against the Cardinals that will sideline him for the Week 16 clash in Dallas.
"He's going to miss some time, maybe a couple of weeks, but we'll see where he's at," Head Coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday. "He's definitely going to miss this week."
Of course, there are only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Sweat posted 45 tackles, seven for loss, and six sacks in 2020, along with 19 QB pressures and hits. He's played 43 percent of the snaps on defense. The Eagles still have four healthy defensive ends with Pro Bowl selection Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, and Genard Avery.
Here is a rundown of the other nine players who appeared on Wednesday's injury report for the Eagles:
• DB Grayland Arnold (full, hamstring) – The rookie defensive back missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but is on track to return for the Cowboys game.
• DT Fletcher Cox (DNP, neck, rest) – Cox has rested on Wednesdays for most of the season.
• RB Jason Huntley (full, illness) – The rookie running back was added to the injury report with an illness on Saturday and declared out for the Cardinals game. He's on track to return against Dallas, although he's been inactive for a majority of the season.
• P Cameron Johnston (DNP, concussion) – The punter was knocked out of Sunday's game with a concussion. He has to go through the protocol. Coach Pederson said that there's a contingency plan in place if Johnston isn't cleared.
• WR Jalen Reagor (limited, ankle) – Reagor suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals and was unable to finish.
• LB Duke Riley (limited, bicep) – The special teams captain suffered the injury against the Cardinals.
• TE Richard Rodgers (DNP, ankle) – Rodgers was out of the game early last Sunday due to the injury.
• CB Kevon Seymour (DNP, knee) – Played 47 snaps in Sunday's game against Arizona. Contributed significant snaps with the injuries to Avonte Maddox and Darius Slay.
• CB Darius Slay (full, concussion) – Slay was unable to play against the Cardinals, but should be back to take on Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup of the Cowboys.