Philadelphia Eagles injury report: Zach Ertz, Destiny Vaeao miss practice
Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz warms-up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
ANAHEIM, Calif — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who leads the team with 57 receptions this season, remains in concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday at Angel Stadium. His status for Sunday’s game at the Rams is uncertain.
Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is the only other Eagles player who missed practice.
Here’s the Eagles’ full injury report:
OUT: Ertz (concussion), Vaeao (shoulder)
FULL: DE Derek Barnett (groin), C Jason Kelce (ankle), LB Joe Walker (neck)
Ertz suffered his concussion while taking a hit on a route across the middle of the field during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. Coach Doug Pederson said Ertz was in team meetings Wednesday, which means he’s passed through at least one stage of the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Pederson said the Eagles won’t entirely change their game plan if Ertz is out Sunday. The only game he missed this season came when a sore hamstring kept him out of a Nov. 5 victory over the Broncos, and the Birds had little trouble filling in for their top pass catcher.
Backup tight ends Trey Burton and Brent Celek combined to haul in five passes for 80 yards, while the Birds rolled to a 51-23 win in their highest-scoring outing of the season.
Vaeao is a new addition to the injury report. If he sits out Sunday, the Eagles would likely turn to rookie Elijah Qualls to fill out the defensive line rotation.
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