Sidney Jones' long-awaited debut will happen before 2017 comes to a close.
Jones suffered a torn Achilles in April during his pro day workout, just weeks before the former Washington standout was to be selected in the NFL draft. He was a first-round lock before the injury, but Philadelphia decided the risk was still worth it, taking the corner in the second round with the 43rd overall pick.
Jones has spent the entire 2017 season rehabbing and attempting to return from the injury. He's yet to play a professional down, which will change Sunday against Dallas. We can't expect much from a rookie coming off a significant injury, but there's no better situation to get him acclimated (outside of a preseason game) than a Week 17 game with home-field advantage already clinched for the Eagles.
Elsewhere in injury news Saturday and early Sunday morning:
- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (illness) has been downgraded to out and will not travel with the team to Philadelphia, the team announced.
- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Running back Joe Mixon wants to test his injured ankle prior to kickoff, Rapoport reported, but he is expected to be active.