After a miserable stretch to start the season, things are finally looking up for the Eagles coming off a Thursday night win against the Giants (albeit by a single point) in Week 7. With the rest of the division in shambles—the injury-decimated Cowboys will turn to third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round rookie out of James Madison, on Sunday night—the NFC East is suddenly Philadelphia’s to lose.
The shorthanded Birds haven’t played with a full deck all season, treading water without key contributors Miles Sanders, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Alshon Jeffery. The resilient Eagles have done an admirable job piecing together a semi-functional offense in wake of their injury apocalypse, but even with the emergence of Travis Fulgham and others, that’s still asking an awful lot of Carson Wentz, who is running on fumes from having to pull miracles out of his hat on a weekly basis.
Luckily, the Eagles finally got some good news on the injury front Thursday with Geoff Mosher reporting Jalen Reagor, out since tearing a thumb ligament in Week 2, will return to the field Sunday night against the visiting Cowboys.
Reagor, who the Eagles selected with the 21st pick in April’s draft, was designated to return from I.R. earlier this week, starting the clock on his three-week activation window. The rookie resumed practicing Wednesday and apparently showed enough to get the green light for Week 8 against Dallas, the Eagles’ final game before their bye week.
Reagor, who starred at Southern Methodist (SMU) prior to joining Philadelphia as a first-round pick, missed five games with his injury, a better outcome than expected after doctors initially gave him a 6-8-week timetable. Presumably, Reagor will join Fulgham and slot receiver Greg Ward in three-wide sets, though after missing most of the past two months, the Eagles may opt to limit the 21-year-old’s exposure by putting him on a pitch count. The 5’11,” 197-pound Reagor has pulled in five catches for 96 scoreless yards on eight targets this season.
Despite their underwhelming record (2-4-1), bettors seem to like the Eagles’ chances against Dallas with FanDuel Sportsbook pegging them as 8.5-point home favorites.