January 13, 2024   2 MIN READ

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Blankenship Questionable Despite Missing Week of Practice


The final injury report for the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of their Wild Card matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rules out two players, but gives hope for a starter to return.

While starting safety Reed Blankenship (groin) missed the entire week of practice, including Saturday, he is listed as questionable for Monday.

Reed Blankenship

GETTY IMAGES: Reed Blankenship is questionable for Monday night’s Wild Card matchup

Blankenship exited the Week 18 loss to the New York Giants in the first half. At the moment, Kevin Byard is the only active healthy safety.

Per multiple reports, slot cornerback Avonte Maddox has worked reps in practice at safety and would be in-line to start next to Byard if Blankenship cannot go. The Eagles will also likely add frequent practice squad call-up Tristin McCollum to the 53-man roster and place Sydney Brown on injured reserve, who tore his ACL against the Giants.

Two-time All Pro wide receiver A.J. Brown has already been ruled out with the hope that he can return for the divisional round if the Eagles advance.

All others practiced fully and are set to play, including quarterback Jalen Hurts (right finger), wide receiver DeVonta Smith (ankle), and cornerback Darius Slay (knee).

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Baker Mayfield (ankle/ribs) is listed as questionable after a missed practice on Thursday followed by two limited practices. All other starters are set to play.

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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