Veteran RT Todd Herremans Placed on Injured Reserve: The Impact on the Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line has been historically awful throughout this entire 2012 season, and following their Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints they are now a bit weaker.

Eagles’ RT Todd Herremans has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve (IR) after suffering a ‘rare’ foot injury on Monday night. Herremans is the 3rd starting offensive lineman that the Eagles have lost for the year this season, after All-Pro LT Jason Peters (Achilles) went down in training camp, and starting C Jason Kelce (knee) was sidelined in Week 2.

While Herremans has been the only true veteran presence on this offensive line since Week 2, the 8th-year NFL tackle has greatly underachieved.

The incredible struggles that fill-ins LT Demetress Bell, LT King Dunlap and C Dallas Reynolds have faced since taking over for Peters and Kelce are certainly disappointing. But how commonly the veteran, Herremans, has gotten burned around the outside is flat out unacceptable. At this point, it looks like Dunlap will move over to right tackle to take over for Herremans, with Bell again manning the left tackle position.

It’s not like Eagles’ QB Michael Vick can be driven to the turf much more frequently than he already has been, but another veteran scratched from his protection is not going to help his cause.

Vick has gotten all too used to running for his life behind the line of scrimmage this season, and with Herremans now missing he will just have to buckle his chinstrap a little tighter. Due to the horrendous play of the rest of the Eagles’ o-line, Herremans absence should be masked slightly, as it will just look like a miserable team effort as opposed to a glaring hole at right tackle.

The loss of Herremans is certainly a hiccup for the Eagles, and it means that this greatly inexperienced offensive line needs to keep Vick himself off of the IR.

While the Eagles’ post-season hopes are already very dreary at 3-5, if they have any chance at making a run at the playoffs, these linemen must play beyond their years.

But no matter what, Vick has to be prepared for a vicious defensive onslaught every week from here on out.

 

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