Eagles-Saints Divisional Round Injury Report: Drew Brees Dealing with Banged-Up Offensive Line
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The New Orleans Saints opened as 9.5-point favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles for Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round matchup.
Below is the full injury report and analysis for both teams heading into the week, but you can track daily practice participation and get the latest estimated statuses (and official game statuses) for every team in our Divisional Round Injury Report.
Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
- WR Mike Wallace (ankle)
- LB D.J. Alexander (hamstring)
- CB Sidney Jones (hamstring)
Notable players on IR: RB Corey Clement (knee), RB Jay Ajayi (knee), CB Jalen Mills (foot), CB Ronald Darby (knee), FS Rodney McLeod (knee), DE Derek Barnett (shoulder), WR Mack Hollins (hernia)
The Eagles already confirmed that Nick Foles would again start in place of Carson Wentz (back), but field-stretcher Mike Wallace (ankle) is still considered day-to-day.
The defense would certainly welcome back the services of Alexander and Jones against the Saints’ high-octane offense.
New Orleans Saints Injuries
- RT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder)
- RG Larry Warford (knee)
- LG Andrus Peat (hand)
- LT Terron Armstead (shoulder)
- LT Jermon Bushrod (hamstring)
Notable players on IR: WR Dez Bryant (Achilles), WR Cam Meredith (knee), LG Josh LeRibeus (ankle), CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)
The Saints are almost fully healthy — with the exception of what is arguably their most important unit.
Drew Brees’ protection is in jeopardy if his offensive line is ultimately unable to suit up. Ramczyk and Warford were held out of Week 17 as an apparent precaution, but Peat suffered an in-game injury while Armstead and Bushrod have been banged up for weeks.
Of course, this problem is far from ideal against an Eagles’ defensive line that boasts a plethora of top-30 Pro Football Focus performers such as:
- DE Brandon Graham (No. 8 among all edge defenders)
- DE Michael Bennett (No. 25)
- DE Chris Long (No. 28)
- DT Fletcher Cox (No. 2 among all interior defenders)
- DT Treyvon Hester (No. 14)