By Harvey Hoffman

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz took part in the yesterday’s walkthrough but has not been cleared for contact after cracking a rib and lacerating his kidney in Week 16.

Ertz missed last Sunday’s 34-17 win over the New York Giants after injuring himself against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16. He was limited in that contest — a 17-9 win — catching just four passes for 28 yards.

Losing Ertz would be a massive blow to an Eagles team already dealing with a number of injuries. They already lost both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson to injuries. Nelson Agholor was unable to play in Week 17 due to a knee issue. On top of that, running back Jordan Howard also missed Week 17 and Miles Sanders had to leave the game with an injury.

If Ertz can’t recover in time, the Eagles would have to lean on the receiving combination of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Deontay Burnett and Greg Ward against the Seattle Seahawks. The team also has tight end Dallas Goedert, who has showed flashes of excellence over his career, but has rarely been relied upon as the team’s top option. With Ertz ailing, Goedert caught four passes for 65 yards in Week 17.

By Ertz still has a few days to get right, and it’s possible he’ll be good to go by game time. But if Ertz can’t make it back, Eagles fans will have to hope Carson Wentz can find a way past the Eagles without his most reliable target.

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