The Philadelphia Eagles will hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs. The Eagles sputtered to the end of the season and saw their 10-1 record fizzle into an 11-6 finish. Philadelphia earned the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff picture and is dealing with several injuries, including a knee injury to wide receiver A.J. Brown.
Brown continues to be the best wideout for the Eagles. He played in 17 games this season and brought in 106 of his 158 targets for 1,456 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown has the fifth-most receiving yards in the league and would be a huge missing piece for the offense. He brought in nine of his 14 targets for 131 yards when the Eagles took on the Bucs in Week 3.
A.J. Brown injury updates
Saturday update: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown isn’t expected to play in the Wild Card game vs. the Bucs. This is a big blow to the Eagles offense, which is already struggling/banged up. DeVonta Smith is expected to play and QB Jalen Hurts should be alright. But missing Brown puts the Eagles in a very tough spot trying to defend their NFC title. Expect money to come in on Tampa Bay.
Friday update: Brown did not participate in practice on Friday, his second straight day missed. That’s not a good sign for the Eagles, but we’ll see if he’s able to take the practice field in even a limited capacity on Saturday.
Thursday Update: Brown did not participate in practice on Thursday ahead of the Wild Card game vs. the Bucs. It’s not a good sign but the Eagles play on MNF, so there’s still plenty of time for Brown to get a limited practice in. At this point, it would be very surprising to see Brown without a designation going into the game. Expect Brown to be questionable and have a legit shot of missing the first round.
Obviously it isn’t good if Brown does end up sitting. WR DeVonta Smith was a full participant at practice and he appears good to go for the Wild Card game. QB Jalen Hurts was limited at practice and wasn’t seen throwing during the media portion of practice. It looks like Smith and Hurts have a good chance of playing and Brown is up in the air. It’s also the playoffs. Brown should end up being active but could be more of a decoy or used in certain situations so the injury isn’t aggravated.