We just learned that Sam Bradford will miss this weekend’s battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a concussion and separated left shoulder, so Mark Sanchez will get his first start of the 2015 season.
Chip Kelly and his team feel confident about Sanchez being able to step in for Bradford and get the job done.
In addition to Bradford, Eagles explosive running back Ryan Mathews will miss this game as well due to a concussion. I see this as a big deletion for the Birds because Mathews has been their number one big play guy out of the backfield. He’s made big play as a runner and as a receiver, when spelling DeMarco Murray.
Birds left tackle Jason Peters was sorely missed last week against the Dolphins and now he is questionable for the battle on Sunday with the Buccaneers. If Peters can play and play well, it would be a major shot in the arm to the Eagles because the Miami Dolphins exposed backup right tackle Dennis Kelly. If Peters can go, Lane Johnson will move back over to his right tackle position and it would be a major shot in the arm for this offense.
Kelly did a good job at the right tackle spot against the Cowboys, but the Dolphins had a week to study him and they found weaknesses then exploited them. The Bucs may be able to do the same thing, if Peters can’t go. I think the Birds will need to line up Brent Celek and Zach Ertz to their right side and find ways for them to give Kelly help if he needs it.
Peters has been having challenges with his lower back for a number of weeks, but he was able to practice on Thursday, but wasn’t able to go earlier today, which was disappointing. We’ll have to wait until game time to see if he is able to go.