According to a tweet from Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, undrafted center Tyler Orlosky is set to miss 7-8 weeks with an MCL injury.
Eagles UDFA center Tyler Orlosky injured his left MCL. He'll be out 7-8 weeks.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) May 23, 2017
The Eagles kicked off their OTA program today and many believed that the West Virginia product would be one of the key underdogs to watch as the offseason progressed, given the long-term uncertainty at the center position. Mandatory Minicamp starts on June 13, and it seems unlikely that Orlosky would be able to return in that timeframe..meaning he could be out of action until Training Camp.
The 6’3, 300 lbs, prospect, was considered the 3rd best center in this years draft process, so when he wasn’t selected it was a bit of a surprise. A 2-time All-Big 12 player, as a junior and senior, he comes with a lot of game experience as he was a 3 year starter, and was thought of as a true leader by his team, earning captaincy votes in the process.
The news is extremely disheartening if true, especially given that DT Charles Walker and QB Jerod Evans have also suffered similar fates in the weeks leading up to OTA’s. Whether or not the Eagles will bring any of the three players back upon their return to health remains to be seen, but of the ten undrafted rookies to sign, three have now picked up injuries and we’ve only just dropped the green flag on organized training activities.
There’s a long way to go..but this is still a huge setback for Orlosky.
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