Injuries could decide the Seahawks-Eagles wild card game

Tim O'Donnell

The birds are pretty banged up.

The 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles will host the 11-5 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. E.T. on NBC in the day's second NFC wild card game. It's no surprise that either of these teams are here since they had high expectations going into the season, but they're both limping into the playoffs. The Eagles especially have had so many injuries this season you could make a starting lineup out of their shelved players.

Philadelphia on Sunday will be down wide receiver Nelson Agholor and offensive lineman Lane Johnson, plus a slew of other players on injured reserve, although they'll get tight end Zach Ertz back, who has somehow recovered from a lacerated kidney in time for the game. His return could be key for Philadelphia's passing game. The Eagles can also rejoice over the health of one player: quarterback Carson Wentz, who was injured during the team's last two playoff runs (one of which resulted in a Super Bowl title), and is finally healthy enough to make his first career postseason start.

Seattle isn't a picture of health, either. They're thin at receiver thanks to various injuries and a suspension, as well as on the offensive line, which is already a weak point for the team. But don't expect that to stop their all-world quarterback Russell Wilson from doing his thing on offense.

Still, any more injuries on the field of play could turn the tide in what should be a tightly-contested game.

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