Good news (kind of). Eagles running back Miles Sanders picked up what looked like a nasty injury on Sunday and there was some sufficient concern surrounding its severity. According to Chris Mortensen, Sanders will likely be sidelined 1-2 weeks.
The run-game has been ailing behind a battered offensive line, but it hasn’t stopped Sanders from recording a 50+ yard run in each of the last two weeks, both of which came against elite defenses. The breakaway speed is there, and losing that will undoubtedly hurt.
As for Zach Ertz, his injury appears to be more significant. While his 139 receiving yards this season have been disappointing, Ertz draws significant attention from defenses as the team’s lone reputable name as a receiving playmaker. With that gone and no real running back threat to draw defenses in, it could mean tougher days at the office for guys like Travis Fulgham, who has been carrying the receiving corps on his back these past three weeks.
The Eagles will be on a bye after a pair of divisional games which will come as a huge sigh of relief to many, with Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert both set to come off IR this week, at least somewhat negating the loss of Ertz and adding some optionality at wide receiver.
Facing the Giants and Cowboys defenses before the bye at least adds some kind of silver lining. Both are atrocious and might actually give players like Boston Scott a hope in succeeding and sustaining progress on the ground.
It will be very interesting to see how Goedert fares as the top TE threat without Ertz by his side, as the team’s current franchise TE has struggled in a similar spot without Goedert.
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