Eagles: Handful of injured players set to return Sunday night against Cowboys

It looks like the Eagles will be getting some reinforcements this Sunday night when they face the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Here’s Thursday’s injury report from the Birds:

Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert, Jason Peters, and T.J. Edwards were all activated from the IR this week and have been full participants in practice all week. It appears they’ll all be ready to go on Sunday night, which is obviously great news. Lane Johnson will likely try to go as well, even though he’s been battling through his ankle injury all season. It’s Dallas week, you really think Lane is going to sit this one out?

Edwards will likely step in for Nate Gerry, as he’s been out all week with an ankle injury. Peters is slated to be back in the lineup, which mitigates the loss of Jack Driscoll if he’s unable to go. And then we have the big two offensive weapons, Reagor and Goedert, both of whom couldn’t have returned at a better time.

With DeSean Jackson going down last week against the Giants and being put on IR, Reagor will step right in and fill that speed receiver role for Doug Pederson’s offense. Reagor only played two games before going down with a thumb injury, but he was still able to showcase some of his big play ability during his limited action. He averaged 19.5 yards per catch, which included a 50-yard bomb in Week 1 against Washington.

Goedert will also be a welcomed addition, as he’s been inactive since he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Bengals. With Ertz out for at least the next few weeks, Goedert will likely be the go-to guy in the red zone. In two and a half games this season, Goedert has caught 13 balls for 138 yards and one touchdown.

Placing both Reagor and Goedert back in this lineup is exciting. With the emergence of Travis Fulgham over the past month, Greg Ward continuing to be a reliable slot guy, and John Hightower posting back-to-back weeks with a 50+ yard reception, all of a sudden this offensive skill group has gone from a weakness to a strength.

The full arsenal won’t be complete until Sanders is back on the field, which probably won’t happen until after the bye week. But it’s hard not to see the potential this young group of pass catchers presents. For the past few seasons, fans have hounded Howie Roseman to surround Carson Wentz with talent at receiver. This probably wasn’t the way most fans expected it to happen, with two practice squad guys emerging as legit NFL receivers, but hey, I’m not complaining.

Facing the worst defense in football this week, and one that’s allowed 16 passing touchdowns this season, there’s no reason the Eagles shouldn’t eclipse 30 points against Dallas. It would be the first time they’ve gone over 30 all season.

The Eagles may not be at full strength on Sunday, but they’re certainly getting close.

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