What Andre Dillard’s injury means for the Eagles

NFL: NOV 24 Seahawks at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Tackle Andre Dillard (77) waits for the snap during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 24, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Andre Dillard left Eagles practice early on Tuesday after getting up slowly during a 1-on-1 drill early in the session. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later reported that the Washington Stare product had suffered a knee sprain and is now listed as week-to-week.

This is an obvious blow to the third-year tackle, who was in the midst of locking horns with Jordan Mailata over the LT1 role. The Aussie appeared to be getting the better of Dillard, only amplifying the blow of this injury. If he misses a few weeks that include preseason play, not only does this give Jordan Mailata all of the starting reps, but it pretty much gifts him the starting role.

As far as who will take Dillard’s reps, look no further than Brett Toth. He’s been bouncing around the back-end of the Eagles roster since 2019, where he caught on as a UDFA under unique circumstances. He started 20 games at right tackle for Army during his final two collegiate seasons, drawing the eye of Philly’s scouts. Army granted him a military waiver after a year away from Football to sign with the team.

The Eagles may also look to try Jack Driscoll over on the left hand side. The second-year tackle did get some reps on the right-hand side last season, but we know that Stoutland cherishes versatility along the offensive front and there’s no better time to expedite the growth of some younger players.

The Eagles will meet the Steelers on Thursday night at 7:30PM for their first preseason game. You can catch a. Live watchalong on our YouTube channel.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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