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Eagles-Steelers Week 8 injury report, with analysis


The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off of their bye, and are healthy and rested. Their Week 8 opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have their share of noteworthy injuries, including to one of the best players in the NFL. 

Here’s the Eagles-Steelers injury report, with analysis.

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Player  Injury  Wed Thurs Fri Status 
DE Brandon Graham Hamstring DNP Limited Limited
RT Lane Johnson  Concussion  Limited  Full  Full   – 
RG Isaac Seumalo  Ankle  Limited  Full  Full   – 
CB Josh Jobe  Shoulder  Full  Full  Full   – 
QB Jalen Hurts  Personal  –  Limited   – 

Wednesday notes:

• Johnson remains in the protocol after suffering a concussion Week 6 against the Cowboys. My understanding is that he has a good chance of playing on Sunday.

• Graham’s hamstring injury is a surprise. The Eagles bolstered their DE depth by trading for Robert Quinn on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if he can play this Sunday.

Thursday notes:

• Johnson’s full participation in practice pretty much means that he’ll be a go for Sunday.

• Graham’s upgrade from no practice to limited practice is a step in the right direction. #Analysis.

Friday notes:

• Everyone is a go.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

• DE Derek Barnett (IR): Barnett tore his ACL Week 1 against the Lions, and his season is over. After a 2021 season in which he had 8 penalties vs. 2.5 sacks, Barnett lost his starting job, but remained a depth player poised to get his share of snaps in 2022.

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Player  Injury  Wed  Thurs  Fri  Status 
DT Larry Ogunjobi Knee DNP DNP DNP  Out 
CB Levi Wallace  Shoulder   DNP   DNP  DNP  Out 
DB Josh Jackson  Groin   DNP   Limited  Limited  Questionable Out
DT Montravius Adams  Hamstring   DNP   Full  Full  – 
WR Steven Sims  Hamstring   Limited  Full  Full  – 
TE Pat Freiermuth  Ankle    Limited   Full  Full  – 
CB Ahkello Witherspoon  Hamstring   Full   Full  Full  – 
K Chris Boswell  Groin   – –  –  Questionable Out

Wednesday notes

• The Steelers are banged up at corner and they could be thin along the interior of their defensive line.

Thursday notes

• Ogunjobi and Wallace remain out of practice, but the rest of the Steelers’ players on the injury report took a step forward.

Friday notes:

• Ogunjobi and Wallace are out, but perhaps more interestingly, the Steelers’ kicker is a surprise addition to the injury report.

Saturday notes

• The Steelers ruled out K Chris Boswell and CB Josh Jackson. To replace Boswell, the Steelers signed Nick Sciba, a rookie kicker who made 23 of 25 field goals and all 65 of his PATs for Wake Forest in 2021.

Notable players on IR, PUP, suspension, etc.

OLB T.J. Watt: Watt was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, and he earned three straight first-team All-Pro nods in 2019, 2020, and 2021. He had 22.5 sacks in 2021, 15.0 in 2020, 14.5 in 2019, and 13.0 in 2018. From 2018 to 2021, Watt led the NFL with 65 sacks. A list of the NFL’s sack leaders during that span:

Player  Sacks 
T.J. Watt  65.0 
Aaron Donald  59.0 
Myles Garrett  51.5 
Cameron Jordan  47.5 
Chandler Jones  43.5 
Chris Jones  41.0 
Shaquil Barrett  40.5 
Robert Quinn  38.5 
DeForest Buckner  36.0 
Khalil Mack  36.0 

In summary, he’s pretty good. #Analysis.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, Watt went on IR Week 2 with a pectoral injury. It was looking like a possibility that he would return in time for this matchup against the Eagles, but he had a scope to clean out his knee a couple weeks ago, delaying his return. The Steelers have their bye Week 9, so Watt’s more realistic timeframe for return is probably Week 10.

DT DeMarvin Leal: Leal was the Steelers’ third-round pick in 2022. He has 9 tackles and 3 batted passes in 5 games.


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