According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Eagles won’t be running the risk of playing Ronald Darby tonight.
Eagles CB Ronald Darby won't play tonight, which has been the expectation all week as he rehabs a disclosed ankle. Has a shot Sun vs SF.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 23, 2017
The former Buffalo Bills cornerback has been sidelined since week one where he sustained an ankle injury. After returning to practice this week, the hopes were that Darby would be ready to go for a primetime return, but patience is key here.
“He’s looked well.” Doug Pederson said earlier this week. “It’s just day by day with him. We’re going to get through today’s practice with him. [We] have limited his reps during practice, but he is doing well, and we’ll get through today and tomorrow to make a decision for Sunday.”
The Eagles will rely on third-round pick Rasul Douglas once again who has performed admirably in the absence of Ronald Darby. The WVU standout has 2 interceptions, 6 passes defensed and 15 tackles this season after being thrown into the deep end.
Without an immediate need for cornerback competency, the Eagles can afford to be patient with Darby and ensure he’s fully recovered before returning to the field and risking re-injury. It’s a smart decision by Doug Pederson and company and one that will pay dividends when the business end of the season arrives.
The full list of inactives will be released later this evening.
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