Another practice absence means DeVonta Smith will miss his first professional game.

Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith will miss Sunday's regular season finale in North Jersey. This will be Smith's first missed NFL game in three years.

Smith (ankle) and Slay (knee) will miss Sunday. The entire injury report: DeVonta Smith (ankle), Darius Slay (knee) out. Smith has played 54 of 54 regular-season and postseason games in three years. However, he missed practice full week before the season finale.

Smith, 25, suffered his ankle twisted late in the New Year's Eve defeat to the Cardinals. Thank goodness the Eagles averted major injury. Smith was out of his walking boot and off his crutches as he walked through the locker room on Wednesday. That suggests Smith will make the playoffs.

Even if Smith could play against the Giants, MetLife Stadium has a terrible playing surface, severe weather is anticipated, and the Eagles are unlikely to improve their NFC seed. Win and Cowboys defeat to Commanders to win division. Sitting him is sensible.

Friday practice was missed by Slay. He saw the Eagles practice indoors. Given MetLife field conditions, Slay should be shut down until the playoffs.

Slay missed three games following knee arthroscopic surgery. The next week in the playoffs, whether at home as the No. 2 seed or away as the 5, the Eagles will need him.

Smith and Slay didn't practice Friday, but the rest of the injured players did. Jordan Davis (ankle), Zach Cunningham (knee), Avonte Maddox (elbow), and Haason Reddick (illness).

Davis was restricted in Thursday's practice, while the other three participated fully. Davis was packed Friday. Each player has no game status and must participate.

Watch this space for further developments.