Jordan Hicks suffered a horrible injury last night on just the second play of the game. The Eagles linebacker was carted off the field before the game had a chance to really begin and concerns over the severity of the injury naturally arose.
According to a report from Zach Berman and Les Bowen of Philly.com, Hicks suffered a torn achilles tendon, an injury that could likely end his season.
Hicks currently has 28 tackles this season, his third in the NFL. Durability has always been a concern for the former Texas Longhorn, but his leadership over the Eagles Defense is incredible…making this a huge hit to take.
“It’s a huge hit, but that’s kind of par for the season.” Zach Ertz said after the game. “You lose [S] Chris Maragos, you lose [RB] Darren Sproles, and you lose [CB] Ronald Darby for a good chunk of the season, but somehow we’ve been able to continue to focus on what we can control and that’s getting guys prepared. Obviously, [Hicks] is a huge part of what we do, but it’s been encouraging to see guys like [Eagles LB] Nigel Bradham really step up his game and take that role as the play-caller and getting guys lined up. I think the more reps he gets with that, the more comfortable he will be.”
The Eagles are now paper-thin at linebacker. With Mychal Kendricks a scratch last night due to an existing injury, it was Joe Walker and Najee Goode who had to fill the void left by the duo. A void which may only expand now that the severity of the Hicks injury has been made known.