January 12, 2024   2 MIN READ

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Brown, Blankenship Miss Second Straight Practice; Hurts Practices Fully


Ahead of their Monday night playoff game, two key starters for the Philadelphia Eagles remained out of practice on Friday.

Wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee) and safety Reed Blankenship (groin) have yet to hit the field since exiting the Week 18 loss to the New York Giants.

Reed Blankenship

GETTY IMAGES: Reed Blankenship’s injury leaves the Eagles without any depth at safety

Adam Caplan reported on the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast that Brown’s injury occurred on the side of the right knee,a sign of an MCL injury.

If the two-time All Pro Brown would be unable to return for Monday’s game, it would be devastating to an Eagles offense that relies on their top tier playmakers for success.

Blankenship’s game status raises major depth concerns. With Sydney Brown (knee) ruled out for the rest of the season, this leaves just Kevin Byard as the only healthy safety on the 53-man roster.

Second-year undrafted practice squad safety Tristin McCollum saw his first NFL action on defense against the Giants and would be the next man up.

Despite concerns when quarterback Jalen Hurts revealed on Thursday that he had yet to throw a football since injuring his finger in Week 18, he was listed as a full participant on Friday’s injury report and is set to not miss time.

The quarterback on the opposite side, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Baker Mayfield, missed Thursday’s practice due to an ankle/ribs injury, but returned on Friday in limited fashion.

Only All-Pro wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee/rest) missed Friday’s practice.

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

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