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Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jeffery reportedly suffered the injury in training camp but ended up playing all 16 regular-season games for just the 3rd time in his 6-year career. After a slowish start, Jeffery scored 10 times over his final 12 games (including playoffs). We'll keep an eye on his rehab, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz revealed on Friday that, in addition to the ACL, he also tore the LCL in his left knee. He had both ligaments surgically repaired on December 13 -- 3 days after going down vs. the Rams. Wentz said that the 2nd ligament tear doesn't impact his recovery timeline and that he expects to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. "I feel very confident, I truly believe, my goal is to be ready for Week 1," he said. "I’m going to push and do everything I can to be ready, and I’m confident in that."

For today's game against the Cowboys, Eagles DE Brandon Graham, DE Derek Barnett, CB Jalen Mills, LB Nigel Bradham, S Rodney McLeod and DT Timmy Jernigan are all inactive. Graham was ruled out early with an ankle sprain he suffered last week. Mills was questionable. But this list clearly points to Philly's plan to rest key players and anyone dealing with any physical malady for their meaningless finale.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is a healthy scratch for today's meaningless finale against the Cowboys. That leaves Philly's backfield to LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood. How touches will be divvied between those 4 is completely uncertain.

ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Eagles QB Nick Foles to play 3-4 series in today's game against the Cowboys. QB Nate Sudfeld will take over the rest of the way. Philly's top skill-position guys also figure to be pulled early today. It's a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

The Eagles have ruled DE Brandon Graham (ankle) out for Sunday's finale against the Cowboys. CB Jalen Mills (ankle) is questionable with the same issue that rendered him questionable a week ago. Mills played through it then, but there's no reason for him to this time. Even if he starts, we'd be surprised if Philly leaves the starting corner in the whole game.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that his starters will play against the Cowboys on Sunday -- but indicated that they won't play the entire game. "I want all the starters to play," Pederson said. "... I want to make sure that they stay in the moment, but at the same time be smart with how much they play, how long they play, and go from there." It's unclear exactly how much Philly's skill-position guys will play, but anything less than a full game makes them hands-off in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham left in the 4th quarter of Monday night's win over the Raiders with a right ankle injury. We have yet to see any further details on the issue, which originally left him "questionable" to return. After locking up the NFC's #1 seed, though, Philly will have no reason to play Graham in Week 17. That's good news for a struggling Cowboys offense. Expect more playing time for DEs Chris Long and Vinny Curry in the regular-season finale.

Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks (foot) and CB Jalen Mills (ankle) are active for tonight's game against the Raiders after entering the day questionable. Each is a lower-level IDP option.

Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks (foot) and CB Jalen Mills (ankle) are questionable for Monday night's game against the Raiders. Each guy put in a full practice Saturday and would seem to be trending toward playing. Both are low-level IDP options this week anyway, though. If you don't have a better option beforehand, seek out insurance from that game.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson admitted that he's thought about resting starters in Week 17 if his team has the NFC's #1 seed wrapped up. "You just make the best decisions for your football team and if that means resting a guy, you rest a guy, or two or three," he said. Philly would clinch the #1 seed with a win over the Raiders next Monday -- or with a Vikings loss to the Packers on Saturday. Fantasy owners who play Week 17 might want to start lining up replacement options for your Eagles. The good news is that we don't need to worry about any teams resting starters in Week 16 (when all fantasy seasons should end).

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play in Sunday’s plus matchup against the Giants’ 32nd-ranked TE defense. Ertz is a high-end TE1 for that one.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol. The announcement came straight from HC Doug Pederson (rather than the team's Twitter account). So, barring a setback, Ertz will be back for Sunday's dream matchup against the Giants' 32nd-ranked TE defense.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson confirmed on Monday that QB Carson Wentz has a torn ACL and is done for the season. It's a brutal end to a breakout season for the 2nd-year QB. He finishes with 3,296 passing yards, an Eagles-record 33 TDs and just 7 INTs. He added another 299 yards on the ground. Wentz is sitting 2nd among QBs in fantasy points. He'll have almost exactly 9 months to get ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. His rehab will obviously be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason. Philly, meanwhile, will roll with QB Nick Foles the rest of the way. The 28-year-old has 36 starts under his belt and sports a career 60.5% completion rate, 7.2 yards per attempt and 56:27 TD-to-INT ratio. It's also worth noting that Eagles HC Doug Pederson was Foles' QB coach during Foles' first 2 NFL seasons. He'll be a QB2 option the next 2 weeks in favorable matchups against the Giants and Raiders. But the Wentz loss is still a significant downgrade for this Eagles offense.

The Eagles are "concerned" that QB Carson Wentz tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Wentz is undoubtedly scheduled for further testing, but docs can often diagnose ACL injuries in the locker room. If confirmed, Wentz's 2017 season would be over and Philly would turn to QB Nick Foles. The 6-year vet has plenty of NFL experience and fared fine in relief of Wentz today, completing 6 of 10 passes for 42 yards. It'd still, of course, be a significant downgrade for the Eagles offense.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered a left knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. He remained in the game to throw a TD to WR Alshon Jeffery, but Wentz then headed back to the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of the game a short while later. QB Nick Foles will finish out this game for Philly. We'll pass along an update on Wentz when we get one.

3:12pm EST 12/10/17

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. He made some progress through the protocol this week, so fantasy owners can tentatively expect him back for Week 15. With Ertz sidelined back in Week 9, TEs Trey Burton and Brent Celek both saw 4 targets. Burton is the better fantasy bet today, but he’s a low-end spot starter vs. a tough Rams TE defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) a "long shot" to play against the Rams this afternoon. Rapoport adds that "his status may hinge on how he feels this morning" -- which doesn't make much sense considering he's either cleared the concussion protocol or he hasn't. Regardless, Ertz needs to be on fantasy benches now. Trey Burton is the best fantasy bet among Eagles TEs. But Brent Celek will also be involved, and the Rams rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Rams. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but HC Doug Pederson said early Friday evening that Ertz remains in the protocol. Eagles-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we should find out by Sunday morning whether Ertz has been cleared to play. Stay tuned.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) has only been cleared to practice on a limited basis. The team announced earlier today that Ertz had cleared the protocol. He seemingly has a good shot to get there ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams, but he's not there yet. We'll get another update tomorrow.


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