Eagles get coach back from COVID, and 2 key injured players will start

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles are relatively healthy, both with injuries and with COVID-19 as they try to continue their run to the playoffs in their game Sunday with the New York Giants.

For the Eagles (7-7), it’s a critical game, and not just for revenge against the Giants, who beat the Eagles 13-7 on Nov. 28.

An Eagles victory over the Giants and a Vikings loss to the Los Angeles Rams later Sunday would put the Eagles in sole possession of the NFC’s final playoff spot. Even if the Saints beat the Dolphins on Monday night, the Eagles would hold the tiebreaker based on their 40-29 win over New Orleans on Nov. 21.

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The Eagles have four players on the COVID-19 list in backup tackles Andre Dillard and Le’Raven Clark, defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and linebacker/special teams player Shaun Bradley.

Left guard Landon Dickerson came off the COVID-19 list Friday, while head coach Nick Sirianni was cleared to return Saturday. Sirianni tested positive on Wednesday and quarantined in a hotel room until Saturday.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) rushes against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

Eagles start game in a fog

The Eagles dodged several bullets to start the game.

The mistakes began on the opening kickoff, when Kenneth Gainwell fumbled, but the Eagles recovered. 

On third down, Jalen Hurts’ first pass was ruled an interception at the Eagles’ 32 yard line. But that was overturned after a video review showed the ball hitting the ground as Steven Parker had intercepted it.

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