The Eagles have been without starting slot cornerback Avonte Maddox since he suffered a toe injury in the second Cowboys game several weeks ago. And without him on the field, there have been some issues at that position. Josiah Scott struggled to fill in for him. And last week they moved CJ Gardner Johnson from Safety into the slot, letting Reed Blankenship fill in for him at Safety. Gardner-Johnson played very well at slot corner, but Reed did get picked on a little early before settling in. Though now it looks like Avonte Maddox will be good to go on Sunday vs the 49ers.
Friday injury report #SFvsPHI pic.twitter.com/cmLOLiwSRu— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 27, 2023
He was a full participant at practice today. And even better, he did not appear on the injury report. Which means barring some setback he will be back on the field for the NFC Championship game. And with the 49ers being a team that loves to operate over the middle of the field, his return could not come at a better time. A lot of their offense takes place in that part of the field. Plus guys like Deebo Smauel and George Kittle are very dangerous after the catch. So having their top slot defensive back on the field again to patrol that part of the field can only help.
In fact, it was good news abound on the Eagles’ injury report. All 22 starters appear ready to play for the Eagles. Lane Johnson is still nursing the injury that will require surgery in the off-season. But as we saw last week, he is still more than capable of playing at a high level with it. Lane was a full participant and did not appear on the injury report. TJ Edwards was listed as a limited participant, but all signs point to him being ready to play as well.
Injuries plagued this team over the final weeks of the season. But the injury luck seems to have picked back up for them. They will go into this conference championship game as healthy as any team could ever hope to be.