The shorthanded Eagles haven’t exactly been the model of health this season, weathering the absences of Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Jason Peters, Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard, among other key contributors. They are getting healthier, however.
Field-stretching rookie Jalen Reagor will be in uniform for the Birds in their Week 8 showdown with Dallas, returning somewhat sooner than expected from a torn thumb ligament suffered last month. And now, in a stunning turn of events, prized tight end Dallas Goedert will also be available Sunday night, according to reporter and podcast host Geoff Mosher.
Goedert resumed practicing this week, marking his first reps in any capacity since fracturing his ankle in a Week 3 tie with Cincinnati. The Eagles’ tight-end corps has been a revolving door of late with Richard Rodgers and Jason Croom doing their best to fill the void left by Goedert and Ertz, who succumbed to a similar ankle injury in Week 6.
Goedert, who the Eagles plucked off the draft heap with the 49th overall pick in 2018, was firing on all cylinders before his ankle gave out, turning 18 targets into 13 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown over his first three contests. Goedert’s emergence has, in the eyes of some, made Ertz (the subject of recent trade rumors) expendable. Unhappy with his contract, Ertz has previously hinted at this being his final season in Philadelphia.
The 25-year-old Goedert should see plenty of looks from Carson Wentz, who peppered Rodgers with eight targets—second to breakout star Travis Fulgham—in last week’s Thursday night triumph over the Giants. It’s certainly surprising the Eagles would activate both Reagor and Goedert against a seemingly inferior opponent (the Cowboys are starting third-string rookie Ben DiNucci at quarterback), especially ahead of next week’s bye. Then again, the Eagles, who have won a grand total of two games this season, are pretty desperate themselves.