Instant analysis: Eagles place two players on injured reserve

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles helmet sits on a cart during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagle on December 22, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

It didn’t take long for the injury bug to sink its teeth into this year’s Eagles team. After the opening game of the season, the Birds have now placed two players on injured reserve.

Vinny Curry

Vinny Curry is the most notable name after he started his third stint in Philadelphia in exciting fashion, helping T.Y McGill notch a sack on Dwayne Haskins. Curry returned as the EDGE4 behind Josh Sweat, but was bumped up the depth chart with Barnett absent. Given that Brandon Graham is in concussion protocol, this will mean for the next few weeks, depth will be paper-thin.

Curry will be out for three weeks at a minimum with a hamstring injury, meaning that Josh Sweat, Genard Avery, and Casey Toohill are the three certified healthy DE’s without diving into the practice squad depth just yet.

Craig James

As for Craig James, the Eagles lose a key special teamer and captain to a ‘significant injury’. The Birds do have Trevor Williams waiting on the practice squad – a corner with plenty of starting experience, if absolutely needed.

The injury does mean that depth is light here too. The Eagles are down to just four healthy cornerbacks right now, so calling Williams up would be a smart move.

The roster spots

The first roster spot has been filled by Sua Opeta, which is interesting as he is neither a cornerback or defensive end. The offensive guard could well be regarded as some much-needed depth on the inside in the event Matt Pryor or Isaac Seumalo go down.

The team also signed TE Jordan Franks to their practice squad to fill the space left by Opeta. Franks has worked out with the team twice in as many weeks as a former Bengals UDFA signing.

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