The Eagles ruled out nine players ahead of Sunday's game:
• DE Derek Barnett (calf) – Vinny Curry will start opposite of Brandon Graham.
• LB Shaun Bradley (neck) – Would have loved to see him play extended reps in the season finale.
• DT Fletcher Cox (neck) – The Pro Bowl defensive tackle battled through the injury for several weeks before last week's game in Dallas. Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson will start at defensive tackle.
• TE Dallas Goedert (calf) – The Eagles already added Caleb Wilson to the active roster and can promote either Hakeem Butler or Jason Croom from the practice squad.
• WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) – Provided magical moments against Washington over the years.
• T Jordan Mailata (concussion) – Matt Pryor replaced Mailata last week at left tackle following the concussion. Brett Toth is in position to make his first career start.
• LB Duke Riley (biceps) – Of the available linebackers, Joe Bachie played the most last Sunday in Dallas after Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards. Eagles could opt to go in more subpackages to limit the amount of linebackers on the field.
• CB Michael Jacquet (calf) – With two tight ends down, Eagles have Zach Ertz, Wilson, and a likely call-up from the practice squad.
• RB Miles Sanders (knee) – Added to the injury report on Thursday, Sanders will come up short in the personal quest for 1,000 rushing yards (867).
What to watch for on Sunday:
• CB Michael Jacquet (calf) – Jacquet was a limited participant this week and is questionable for Sunday's game.
• LB Thomas Davis (knee) – Washington's leader and former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner will not play in the last regular-season game of his career. He has announced that he will retire following the 2020 season.
• RB Antonio Gibson (toe) – Head Coach Ron Rivera said Gibson is fine, but the rookie did not practice all week and is questionable for Sunday night.
• WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) – Unlike Gibson, McLaurin did not play in Week 16 against Carolina. McLaurin has also not practiced all week, but is questionable.
• QB Alex Smith (calf) – A limited participant all week, Smith is officially questionable, but expected to play against the Eagles.
One defensive back returns to practice, as another defensive back exits.
The Eagles added two players to the injury report on Thursday:
• S Jalen Mills (illness) – The starting safety who aided once again at cornerback in an emergency role last Sunday in Dallas missed Thursday's practice due to an illness. He was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play vs. Washington.
• RB Miles Sanders (knee) – The team's leader in rushing yards with 867 was a limited participant on Thursday due to a knee injury. It is uncertain when the injury occurred.
Two players returned to practice on Thursday:
• CB Michael Jacquet (calf) – The rookie cornerback was a limited participant on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice.
• WR Quez Watkins (rib) – Encouraging news as you want to see the rookie wide receiver continue to grow. Watkins, who has five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in the past two games, did not practice at all on Wednesday. He was limited on Thursday.
These seven players have not practiced this week:
• DE Derek Barnett (calf)
• LB Shaun Bradley (neck)
• DT Fletcher Cox (neck)
• TE Dallas Goedert (calf)
• WR DeSean Jackson (ankle)
• T Jordan Mailata (concussion)
• TE Richard Rodgers (ankle)
Meanwhile in Washington, signs point to Alex Smith starting at quarterback as he was a limited participant on Thursday. Running back Antonio Gibson did not practice again, but Head Coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Gibson is "fine," per Kyle Stackpole of WashingtonFootball.com. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin has yet to practice this week and appears to be the biggest question mark of the three key offensive players.
The Eagles want to prevent the Washington Football Team from capturing the NFC East title Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. But there are several question marks on both sides of the ball entering this Week 17 showdown.
Nine players did not practice for the Eagles on Wednesday. A 10th player on the injury report – linebacker Duke Riley (biceps) – was limited.
Here are the players who did not practice for the Eagles on Wednesday:
• DE Derek Barnett (calf) – Barnett missed Sunday's game in Dallas with the injury.
• LB Shaun Bradley (neck) – Bradley exited Sunday's game early with the injury.
• DT Fletcher Cox (neck) – Cox did not practice at all last week and gave it a go in Dallas, only to leave in the first quarter and not return.
• TE Dallas Goedert (calf) – Goedert did not finish Sunday's game due to the injury.
• WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) – Jackson scored the 81-yard touchdown reception against the Cowboys and was not targeted again. The ankle injury that put him on Injured Reserve increased in soreness as the game progressed on Sunday.
• CB Michael Jacquet (calf) – Jacquet played significant reps in the past two weeks.
• T Jordan Mailata (concussion) – The victim of a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit by Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, Mailata is in the concussion protocol. Matt Pryor moved to left tackle at the end of the Dallas game.
• TE Richard Rodgers (ankle) – Rodgers missed Sunday's game. Caleb Wilson was signed to the active roster.
• WR Quez Watkins (rib) – The rookie wide receiver has been a bright spot in recent weeks.
In Washington, there are key injuries to watch on the offensive side of the ball:
• QB Alex Smith (calf) – Smith did not practice on Wednesday after missing Sunday's loss to Carolina. While he's closer to playing with the rest, he was at least a limited participant all of last week.
• RB Antonio Gibson (toe) – He battled through the injury to lead the Football Team in rushing with 61 yards on Sunday. He missed the previous two games. The rookie accounted for 44 yards from scrimmage against the Eagles in Week 1.
• WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) – McLaurin missed the Carolina game due to the injury. He had five catches for 61 yards in the season opener.