Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the Buccaneers following a “life-threatening” medical situation Tuesday.
According to a team statement, the fourth-year player: officially listed as inactive for Sunday’s game — worked to get game-ready after his procedure, though the Eagles’ medical staff couldn’t get him in game shape.
“On Tuesday night, Josh Sweat was admitted to the hospital. He underwent an emergency procedure due to the seriousness of the matter. Doctors have addressed a life-threatening situation,” the Eagles said in a statement. “In the days that followed, Josh and our medical team did everything they could to help him get back to playing. He got better every day, but the doctors determined today that he wasn’t quite ready. The fact that Josh came so close to playing is a credit to his toughness and our medical staff.”
Sweat, 24, had been on the team’s injury report all week, and Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Friday, three days after Sweat’s hospitalization, that he had been dealing with an abdominal problem. .
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Investigator, the team only said that Sweat’s procedure was not for a ruptured appendix.
Sweat has enjoyed the best statistical regular season of his career in 2021. He has career highs in tackles (45) and sacks (7.5). He also had seven tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits.
His absence from Sunday’s game will make it even more difficult for the Eagles to pressure Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who in the teams’ Week 6 meeting completed 34 of 42 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns for an interception in a 28-22 win. In that game, the Eagles’ defense recorded only three tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. He couldn’t fire Brady.