UPDATE: It looks like DE Michael Bennett is a-ok for Philly and will play Thursday despite missing Tuesday’s practice session. WR Mack Hollins confirmed out.
OUT vs. Atlanta: WR Mack Hollins (groin), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), QB Carson Wentz (knee) ...No one else is on injury report for the game. So Jay Ajayi, Michael Bennett will play.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 5, 2018
The Eagles are going to be down another one of their better receiving targets.
Our colleagues over at Bleeding Green Nation report that Philadelphia WR Mack Hollins won’t suit up Thursday against Atlanta, leaving them to Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace as their main targets at receiver.
It’s also said DE Michael Bennett did not practice Tuesday with a knee ailment, hinting he could be held out, too, and at the most won’t be one-hundred percent. The team later said the absence wasn’t related to an injury, however, so his status is very much up in the air.
The Eagles already won’t be fielding starting QB Carson Wentz, WR Alshon Jeffery, LB Nigel Bradham and DT Tim Jernigan. With Hollins and maybe Bennett out, Philly’s coming out of the gate a bit hampered by the injury bug. RB Jay Ajayi is a full participant coming off a foot injury, and he’s given this defense problems before.
The Falcons have the health edge Thursday for certain, and hopefully will take advantage of their healthier grouping. It’s not to say this game is a gimme, but it’s also not quite the same team that took Atlanta out of the playoffs in January, either.
It’ll be a slugfest in the trenches come Thursday night, but Philly will be down a bit of talent. You don’t want to always depend on this to win ballgames, but it certainly helps to have the upper-hand here when you go on the road to play the champs.