By Kevin McGuire
The Philadelphia Eagles have ruled just one player out for their road game at Pittsburgh this weekend, but it is a key player on the defense. Starting linebacker Akeem Jordan has been ruled out for the cross state match-up with the hungry Steelers. This is the second straight game Jordan will miss after being ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants. Fortunately for the team the rest of the team should be in decent shape as far as injuries are concerned.
Here is a run down the last official injury report on the Eagles as they get set for the Steelers this weekend.
Akeem Jordan, Linebacker – One of the biggest loss on the roster this weekend is the absence of linebacker Akeem Jordan, who is out with a hamstring. Jordan sat out of practices all week and he will be replaced on the field by Jamar Chaney, who took reps with the first team all week.
Colt Anderson, Safety – Colt Anderson’s return to the team is coming, but it is unknown if he will see action this weekend in Pittsburgh. If he is able to contribute on the field the Eagles would get a nice boost in the secondary. Anderson did take part in full practices all week, suggesting his return is coming soon. Anderson is currently listed second on the depth chart behind Nate Allen.
King Dunlap, Tackle – The Eagles will need all the help they can get on the offensive line against a Steelers team that generally plays physical in the trenches. Dunlap is still practicing through a mild hamstring injury and participated in full practices this week. He is also listed first on the team depth chart this week.
Derek Landri, Defensive Tackle – On the right side of the defensive line the Eagles still have Derek Landri listed first on the depth chart. But Landri saw a cut back in practice time this week with a knee injury. Landri did not practice Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and took part in a full practice Friday. Behind Landri on the depth chart is Cedric Thompson.
Jason Avant, Wide Receiver – A minor wrist injury has not kept Jason Avant out of action for the Eagles this season. That appears to remain the case as Avant has been the team’s third-leading receiver with 128 receiving yards. Avant has taken part in full practices on Thursday and Friday.
Jamar Chaney, Linebacker – Despite a minor knee injury, Chaney is expected to start this weekend at weakside linebacker in place of Akeem Jordan (mentioned above). Chaney took part in full practices all week in preparing for the starting job in Pittsburgh this weekend.
Riley Cooper, Wide Receiver – Riley Cooper continues to work hard to get back in to the mix for the Eagles and give them a bigger target inside the red zone. Whether or not he sees any playing time this week remains to be seen but he did put in a full week of practice.
Jon Dorenbos, Long Snapper – The Eagles long snapper did take part in full practices this week and he is listed first on the depth chart for the special teams unit this week, so it looks like there will be one less concern on special teams this weekend.
Damaris Johnson, Wide Receiver – Damarias Johnson sits second on the team’s depth chart this week behind Jeremy Maclin, and ahead of Riley Cooper, after taking part in full practices all week with a mild foot injury.
Mychal Kendricks, Linebacker – The role of Mychal Kendricks will be increased this weekend without Akeem Jordan on the weakside. Kendricks has a calf concern he is working through but he did participate in full practice sessions on Thursday and Friday. He also remains first on the depth chart at SAM linebacker alongside DeMeco Ryans..
Danny Watkins, Guard – Danny Watkins did not practice early in the week but was on the practice field for full sessions on Thursday and Friday, and he is listed first on the team’s depth chart entering the weekend.
Kevin McGuire covers college football for Examiner.com and is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter (@KevinOnCFB). His work can be found on Examiner.com.