Following their loss to the Cowboys last week, Washington is getting hit hard by COVID-19. The Eagles will face a a team that’s potentially down more than 20 players.
After adding starting safety Kamren Curl, backup center Tyler Larsen, and third string center Keith Ismael to the Reserve/COVID list Thursday afternoon, Washington’s COVID list is now up to 21 players — 11 of which are projected starters.
Here’s the entire group of players currently on the Reserve/COVID list:
- QB Kyle Allen
- OT Cornelius Lucas
- C Tyler Larsen
- WR Cam Sims
- TE Sammis Reyes
- TE Temarrick Hemingway
- DT Jonathan Allen
- DT Matt Ioannidis
- DT Tim Settle
- DE Montez Sweat
- DE James Smith-Williams
- DE Casey Toohill
- DE William Bradley-King
- CB Kendall Fuller
- CB Troy Apke
- S Kam Curl
- S Darrick Forrest
- LB Khaleke Hudson
- LB David Mayo
- LB Milo Eifler
That’s an insanely long list of players.
Washington’s defense in particular has been hit hard. There top four edge rushers will be out, along with their top three interior defenders — which includes their leading sack man, Jonathan Allen.
The top player in their secondary, Kendall Fuller, will also be out, along with their best linebacker in David Mayo.
Offensively, Washington is down to their fourth string center, and they could be down to their third string quarterback depending on Taylor Heinicke’s availability — he got injured on Sunday against Dallas.
Wideout Terry McLaurin also suffered a concussion this past Sunday, so despite not being on the COVID list, he could miss this Sunday’s contest.
Suffice to say, the Eagles have absolutely no excuses heading into Week 15.
Most of their injured players will be returning to the lineup, most notably Jason Kelce and Jordan Howard. Jalen Hurts is still questionable, but truthfully, it shouldn’t matter who’s starting at quarterback in this game. Whether it’s Hurts or Gardner Minshew, the Eagles should have no problems moving the ball against this depleted Washington defense.
In this heated playoff race, Philadelphia has been handed a gift from the Football Gods. That’s not to downplay the severity of COVID or anything like that, but the impact it’ll have on the outcome of this upcoming game is unquestionable.
If the Eagles somehow manage to lose this game, we riot.