There was a lot of talk about “game-time decisions” around the Eagles on Friday, starting with head coach Doug Pederson’s news conference, but in reality, there will be only one such calculation: Starting safety Rodney McLeod said he was encouraged by how he felt during individual drills Friday. McLeod said he will warm up before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants and see if he feels he can play.
Safety Corey Graham and cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins played along with Pederson’s pose, that they, too, would see how they felt Sunday, despite not having practiced all week, but when the team issued its league-mandated Friday injury report, both players were listed as “out.” McLeod was listed as “questionable.”
If McLeod can’t play, the Eagles would have to try packages that involve just one safety, or start special-teams ace Chris Maragos alongside Malcolm Jenkins.
Also out are corner Ronald Darby (ankle) and defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (wrist). Torrey Smith was listed as questionable with an “illness.”