Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the Buccaneers following a “life-threatening” medical situation on Tuesday.
Per a team release, the fourth-year player — officially listed as inactive for Sunday’s game — worked to get game-ready following his procedure, though the Eagles’ medical staff was unable to get him in game-playing shape.
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“On Tuesday night, Josh Sweat was admitted to the hospital. He underwent an emergency procedure due to the severity of the matter. The doctors addressed a life-threatening situation,” the Eagles said in a statement. “In the following days, Josh and our medical team did everything possible to help him return to play. He improved every day but it was determined by the doctors today that he was not 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 listed on the team’s injury report all week, with Eagles coach Nick Sirianni saying on Friday — three days after Sweat’s hospitalization — that he had been dealing with an abdominal issue.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the team said only that Sweat’s procedure was not for a ruptured appendix.
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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 harder 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 to one interception in a 28-22 victory. In that game, the Eagles defense registered only three tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. It was unable to sack Brady.