Eagles tight end Zach Ertz not only won't miss the entire playoffs -- it looks like he will be playing on Sunday.
According to Derrick Gunn of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Ertz has been cleared medically, meaning the lacerated kidney and broken ribs he suffered in Week 16 will almost certainly not keep him from playing on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Speaking Friday at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson seemed more optimistic than he was prior in the week that Ertz could play.
“Zach, still not cleared for any contact. He will be working on the side again like he has done this week, but we are waiting on a few doctor results tomorrow," Pederson said Friday. "If things go favorable, he’ll play. If they don’t, he won’t.”
Ertz missed the team’s game against the Giants, a rare occurrence for a player that has missed only four meaningful games over the last five seasons. The good news for the Eagles is that backup Dallas Goedert played great last Sunday, and looks like he could handle the responsibility of being the No. 1 tight end for another week if needed.
If Ertz is cleared in time for Sunday, and it seems like he has been, the Eagles have to feel good about their matchup of Ertz and Goedert vs. a Seattle defense that has taken a step back this season and is dealing with injuries at linebacker.
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