A.J. Brown has been a standout performer for the Eagles this season, leading the team in receptions with 106 and accumulating 1,456 receiving yards. He shares the team lead in receiving touchdowns with 7. In addition to Brown’s absence, the Eagles’ other starting wide receiver, DeVonta Smith, is dealing with an ankle ailment that caused him to miss Week 18.
While Brown missed practice throughout the week, Smith’s status is more optimistic, having been listed as a full participant in the team’s first two practices. With Smith likely to play, the onus will be on him and some less-utilized receivers to carry the offensive load, as no wideout other than Brown and Smith has amassed 165 or more receiving yards this season.
Brown’s absence marks the first game he will miss this season, the result of a knee injury sustained during the Eagles’ Week 18 loss to the Giants last Sunday. The pivotal moment occurred in the first quarter when Brown fumbled the ball after a catch, subsequently lying on the turf while clutching his knee. Despite walking off the field, initial reports suggested the injury wasn’t severe.
A.J. Brown Ruled Out for Super Wild Card Weekend
Sirianni acknowledged Brown’s determination to play. “It was going to be a stretch for A.J. to play,” Sirianni remarked. “But he fought like crazy to try to do everything he could do to do so, which doesn’t surprise me at all about A.J.”
In a blow to the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff aspirations, star wide receiver A.J. Brown has been officially ruled out for their Super Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
This announcement came from Eagles’ final injury report to solidify Brown’s absence. Should the Eagles emerge victorious against the Buccaneers and advance, Garafolo suggested that Brown might be available.