Nelson Agholor Listed as Healthy Inactive in Week 12 for Packers vs. Eagles

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2016

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Nelson Agholor #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for yards during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Eagles defeated the Bears 29-14.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor will not take the field Monday against the Green Bay Packers even though he is healthy.

The Eagles announced their list of inactives prior to the contest, which included Agholor.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the receiver was a healthy scratch, adding that the Eagles will rely on Jordan Matthews on the outside and use Paul Turner in the slot.

Agholor has 27 catches for 264 yards and one touchdown thus far in his second season after posting 283 receiving yards and a score as a rookie. He did not tally a catch in Philadelphia's Week 11 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and had two receptions for just seven yards in the prior contest against the Atlanta Falcons.

There were high expectations surrounding the USC playmaker when the Eagles selected him with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2015 draft. However, drops have been an issue for Agholor, and he had a critical one on a potentially big play in the Seattle game.

CSN Philly noted he was also responsible for an illegal formation penalty that wiped out a 57-yard touchdown catch from Zach Ertz.

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According to Mark Eckel of, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Agholor met with team psychologists "to discuss his anguish."

As for Monday's game, Marc Sessler of clarified that Philadelphia usually dresses only four wide receivers. That leaves Dorial Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs as the other two options alongside Matthews and Turner against a vulnerable Packers secondary that allowed 375 passing yards and three touchdowns to Washington's Kirk Cousins the last time out.

The opportunities to exploit Green Bay's defense even without Agholor could be there, but the Eagles receivers have been an issue all season.

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out the team has only four catches of 40 or more yards this year. What's more, Philadelphia is 27th in the league in passing yards per game, and tight end Ertz and running back Darren Sproles are second and third on the team, respectively, in receiving yards behind Matthews.

Philadelphia will now look toward Green-Beckham, Treggs and Turner to carry more of the load and turn things around in the immediate future with the hope that Agholor can eventually fulfill his potential later in the season.