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Zach Ertz not cleared for contact on first day of Wild Card practice

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is banged up with rib and kidney issues heading into the playoffs. We break down the fantasy football implications of the latest news as they hold their first practice of the Wild Card round.

Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are holding their first practice of the NFL Playoffs, and tight end Zach Ertz is a big question for Sunday. Ertz will take part in the team’s walkthrough, but has not been medically cleared for contact, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Ertz was dealing with a fractured rib and a subsequent examination noted a lacerated kidney. He sat out the team’s Week 17 win over the New York Giants after not taking part in practice. The team has two more days of practice to get hime back in the mix.

Fantasy football analysis: Eagles tight ends

The Eagles are short-handed at the skill positions. The losses of Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson coupled with Nelson Agholor’s knee injury has left Philly in a situation where Ertz and Dallas Goedert have effectively been receivers.

Ertz and Goedert are the two highest-priced tight ends in DraftKings’ full slate game. The Seahawks rank 30th against opposing tight ends, and if Ertz does not play, it’s safe to assume Goedert will be a heavily-owned tight end. IF Ertz does play, both could be active on various rosters.