The biggest injury occurred when the Eagles lost starting center Jason Kelce to a right knee injury in the third quarter. Further tests revealed that Kelce suffered a partially torn ACL and a fully torn MCL. He will either miss between four and six weeks, or the entire season. I expect him to be placed on the injured reserve, and if he heals, the Eagles will take him off before the end of the season, in accordance with the new rule.
Wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant all re-aggravated their injuries from the previous week.
Jackson had a hamstring spasm but finished the game. Maclin suffered another hip contusion. He left the game and then returned, but caught just one pass all game. He is not likely to practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Avant had a wrist contusion against the Cleveland Browns and re-injured it against the Ravens. He should be fine.
Throw in Riley Cooper, who is still recovering from the broken collarbone in training camp, and the Eagles’ top four receivers are not healthy. Mardy Gilyard and Damaris Johnson are the only healthy receivers on the team.
At left tackle, King Dunlap left the game with a hamstring stain. He was replaced by veteran Demetress Bell, who played well and will likely start this week. Andy Reid says Bell will be starting because Dunlap is hurt.
Defensive end Jason Babin has an abdominal strain. Cornerback Curtis Marsh is still recovering from a hamstring strain. Safety Nate Allen has a shoulder contusion. And safety/special teams ace Colt Anderson has a hyperextended knee (the opposite knee from where he tore his ACL last December).
So, to recap, that’s Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Cooper, Dunlap, Kelce, Babin, Marsh, Allen, and Anderson who are banged up. Kelce has already been ruled out for this Sunday, as have Cooper and Dunlap, but I predict the rest will all play.
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