Lincoln Financial Field opened its doors to close to 30,000 fans on Sunday night who came to watch their beloved Philadelphia Eagles work out in what would be their ninth Training Camp practice.
One of the names fans were keen to get a closer look at was former UDFA Joe Ostman. The defensive end spent last year garnering praise on the scout team and rapidly became a highly touted young player who had eyes for a spot on the final 53 after spending 2018 emulating some of the NFL’s most vicious pass-rushers.
That path took a significant turn on Sunday, when the former Central Michigan pass-rusher was carted off of Lincoln Financial Field.
Ostman had a great preseason for the Eagles last year after going undrafted, rallying to amass 9 tackles. At 6’3, 259 lbs, he looked primed to play a role in what is now a very light defensive end position. Without him, there will be even more pressure on rookie Shareef Miller and last year’s fourth-round selection, Josh Swear.
It’s unclear what the injury is at this stage, but the early signs aren’t too promising.
The Eagles have also lost CB Cre’Von LeBlanc and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill to camp injuries this week.
It’s also worth noting that former Eagles DE Connor Barwin has been working to get back into shape to play a defensive end role and has had talks with Howie Roseman that have ended positively and seem conditional. Do not be surprised to see his return.
We want to wish Joe a speedy recovery, whatever the injury may be.