The Eagles scrapped their way to a victory last night, but injuries once again did everything they could to hold the team back. Here are the latest updates on the players afflicted:
Probably the toughest injury to watch last night was DeSean Jackson. While fielding a punt, Jackson sustained an illegal blow to the head. During the hit, he injured his leg and was assisted off the field by trainers before putting a picture on his story of a walking boot.
Adam Schefter reported earlier today that he will undergo an MRI, but the team fears it’s a high ankle sprain. This would mean Jackson misses even more time and is likely to land on IR.
The nature in which he picked up the injury is heartbreaking, but the outcome isn’t surprising. DeSean Jackson hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his second tenure with the birds, having played just 224 snaps out of a possible 1,737. It’s a horrible thing to watch given the level of sentiment with the move to bring him back, but it looks highly unlikely that Jackson is on the team past this season.
Every cloud has a silver lining and the good news is that John Hightower’s snaps will increase once again after making a 50+ yard catch in back-to-back games.
The Eagles got their franchise right tackle back last night, but lost him again just as quickly. According to reports, Johnson suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain. The timeframe for this is a couple of weeks and the Eagles do have a Bye on the horizon, but given his lingering ankle injury, it might be wise to rest him against Dallas.
Matt Pryor was the man standing in for Johnson after Jack Driscoll’s injury crossed another name off the depth chart. The Eagles have no more tackle depth outside of rookie Prince Tega- Wanogho who is on the practice squad. Don’t expect a trade anytime soon, but it’s still less than ideal.
Hassan Ridgeway out for the season
DT Hassan Ridgeway has shown for the second season in a row that he was worth the 7th-round pick the Eagles gave up in a trade to acquire his services. With Malik Jackson down, Ridgeway played in 20% of snaps last night before picking up a biceps injury that will keep him out for the entire season.
This undoubtedly stings. T.Y McGill would be the next logical call up from the practice squad in his place, but what’s an Eagles season without a DT injury bug?
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