Here's the rundown from the final injury report of the week for the Eagles:
• LB T.J. Edwards – The starting middle linebacker is out with a hamstring injury. The Eagles are also without Davion Taylor, who was placed on Injured Reserve this week. Joe Bachie, signed off the Saints' practice squad this week, is in line to play against his former team.
• S Rudy Ford – The special teams ace will miss his fourth game in a row with a hamstring injury.
• CB Michael Jacquet – The rookie free agent cornerback is out with a hamstring injury that he suffered against Green Bay.
• T Jason Peters – Head Coach Doug Pederson announced on Friday that Peters will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury that needs surgery.
• DB Grayland Arnold – The rookie was added to the injury report on Friday as a limited participant with a hamstring injury. This will be something to monitor with the absence of Jacquet.
• DE Derek Barnett – Limited in practice again on Friday with a pelvis injury, Barnett is set to play.
• DT Fletcher Cox – He missed practice again on Friday with a neck injury, but will play vs. the Saints.
• CB Darius Slay – Limited all week by a knee injury, Slay will play vs. the Saints.
What's the deal in New Orleans?
• No surprise, it's Taysom Hill at quarterback. The Saints never activated quarterback Drew Brees (ribs) from Injured Reserve.
• Former Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson (thanks for the pick-six in the NFC Championship Game!) is out with a hamstring injury.
• Starting nose tackle Malcom Brown (shoulder) is also out. He returned to practice on Thursday, but was unable to participate on Friday.
There are some notable changes on the injury report for the Eagles on Thursday as the preparation for Sunday's game against New Orleans continues.
First, some good news.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who has been battling a neck injury, returned to practice and was a full participant on Thursday. He did not practice on Wednesday.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was a limited participant on Wednesday due to a calf injury, but practiced fully on Thursday.
Now, some news that'll provide some pause.
Defensive end Derek Barnett was added to the injury report as a limited participant on Thursday with a pelvis injury. It is uncertain when he incurred the injury. Barnett has 32 tackles, eight for loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2020, while playing 53 percent of the snaps on defense. He's started eight of the 11 games he's played in 2020.
Right guard Jason Peters was downgraded from a limited participant on Wednesday to a non-participant on Thursday with a nagging toe injury. Nate Herbig entered the game for Peters last Sunday in Green Bay.
Three other players did not participate in Thursday's practice for the Eagles: linebacker T.J. Edwards (hamstring), safety Rudy Ford (hamstring), and cornerback Michael Jacquet (hamstring).
Cornerback Darius Slay (knee) was limited for a second consecutive day.
In New Orleans, the Saints still have yet to activate quarterback Drew Brees' practice window, so he is likely out for Sunday.
Two players did not practice for New Orleans on Thursday: Defensive tackle David Onyemata was added to the report with an illness and cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring).
Starting nose tackle Malcom Brown returned to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday with a shoulder injury. Running back Latavius Murray, who had 124 yards and two touchdowns two weeks ago at Denver, was added to the report on Thursday as a limited participant with a knee injury.
It looks like it will be Jalen Hurts vs. Taysom Hill at quarterback this Sunday when the Eagles host the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Saints placed quarterback Drew Brees on Injured Reserve on November 20 due to fractured ribs. While Brees is eligible to come off Injured Reserve this week, the Saints have yet to activate his practice window. If Brees is out again, Taysom Hill will make his fourth start for the Saints. Hill is 3-0 in Brees' absence after Sunday's 21-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons to improve to 10-2 on the season.
Statistically, Hill is 54-of-76 for 543 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the three-game stretch, along with 176 rushing yards and four scores on the ground in the wins over Atlanta (twice) and Denver.
Outside of Brees, two key defensive players missed practice for the Saints: starting defensive tackle Malcom Brown (shoulder) and former Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring).
While the status of those two players is up in the air, two other starters are poised to return to action as defensive end Marcus Davenport (concussion) and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee) practiced Wednesday after missing Sunday's game.
Here's the full injury report for the Eagles:
• DT Fletcher Cox – Cox has been dealing with a neck injury. While he has not missed any game action, he didn't practice on Wednesday.
• LB T.J. Edwards – Edwards didn't practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury suffered against the Packers. Head Coach Doug Pederson expressed optimism that Edwards will be able to play against the Saints.
• S Rudy Ford – The special teams ace remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
• CB Michael Jacquet – The rookie free agent was thrust into action Sunday in Green Bay when Darius Slay suffered a knee injury. Jacquet suffered a hamstring injury and did not practice on Wednesday.
• WR Alshon Jeffery – Jeffery was limited on Wednesday with a calf injury. It is unknown if it's related to the calf injury from earlier in the season.
• T Jason Peters – Peters exited Sunday's game in Green Bay with the toe injury that's plagued him for most of the season. He was limited on Wednesday.
• CB Darius Slay – As noted above, Slay exited Sunday's game with a knee injury. A good sign for the team is that he was limited on Wednesday.