Eagles’ Nick Sirianni back from COVID; Giants have new QB

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.

Miles Sanders, Jordan Mailata starting

Both running back Miles Sanders and left tackle Jordan Mailata didn’t practice from Wednesday through Friday, but are starting Sunday.

But Sirianni said that was more for maintenance than because of any type of injury. Sanders was listed with a quad injury and Mailata with an ankle injury. Both players suffered the injury Tuesday night in the Eagles’ 27-17 win over Washington.

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