Changing Of Right Guard?
Cam Jurgens Remains Out For Birds Vs. Cowboys, Along With Boston Scott, Others
The Eagles will be without some significant role players Sunday when they take on the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys at the Linc for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
Out for the game are running back Boston Scott, who has been out of practice all week because of a personal issue, and slot cornerback Bradley Roby, who will miss his third consecutive game from a shoulder injury that occurred against the Rams in his just second Eagles game.
Also out are tight end Grant Calcaterra, who sustained a concussion in last Sunday’s win against the Commanders and has a history of concussions from college, along with right guard Cam Jurgens, who missed four games after being placed on Injured Reserve last month and was activated into the 21-day practice window this week but isn’t able to be ready against Dallas.
On the brighter side, no other Eagles carry a game status designation going into the game although cornerback James Bradberry was limited in Friday’s practice, per the injury report.
As for running back, the Eagles will likely activate Rashaad Penny to serve as the No. 3. Penny, who signed a one-year deal this offseason, has been active for just one game this year and logged three carries. The team could also elevate Devon Allen from the practice squad to return kickoffs.
At slot cornerback, the Eagles will have to continue to rotate defensive backs there, with rookie Eli Ricks and safeties Sydney Brown and Kevin Byard also seeing snaps there against the Commanders while Josiah Scott played only special teams.
With Calcaterra out, the Eagles could make Albert Okwuegbunam active for the first time this season. Okwuegbunam was traded from the Broncos to the Eagles before the final roster cutdown date in August but hasn’t yet played.
It’ll be interesting to see at right guard if the Eagles stick with Sua Opeta for a fifth straight week or make the change to rookie Tyler Steen, who reporters spotted taking first-team reps at practice. Opeta practiced in full Friday despite being listed with a hip injury.
Offensive line play has been sporadic for the Eagles over the past few weeks and the Cowboys enter as the one of the NFL’s top sack teams and No. 1-ranked interception rate team.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.