Eagles Designate Dallas Goedert For Return

Seeing their pass offense take a substantial leap this season, the Eagles are gearing up to have another of Jalen Hurts‘ weapons back soon. They designated Dallas Goedert for return from IR on Wednesday morning.

Goedert has been down with a shoulder injury since Week 10. Having missed four games, the veteran tight end can return to action this week. Although the team has some time (three weeks) to activate the fifth-year pass catcher, a Week 15 return has been in play for a bit now.

Philadelphia has three injury activations remaining. The 12-1 squad has two other key players — C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn — on IR, but neither is eligible to come back. If the Eagles activate Goedert, Gardner-Johnson and Quinn, that will represent their eight-player allotment for the year. Goedert, however, represents a key piece for Philly’s offense and will give Hurts’ MVP campaign another boost.

In nine games to start the season, Goedert was on pace for a career-best slate. Beginning his first season without Zach Ertz in the picture, the highly paid tight end is averaging a career-most 60.4 receiving yards per game. He is at 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns. The former second-round pick represents a key Hurts option alongside A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, though Hurts’ MVP push has not exactly lost steam during Goedert’s absence.

The Division I-FCS product has already totaled four 70-plus-yard receiving games this season, including a 100-yard performance in his most recent full game (Week 9 against the Texans). Despite missing four games, Goedert still ranks sixth among tight ends in receiving yards. In terms of yards per game, only Travis Kelce has more at this position this season.

The Eagles have Goedert tied to a four-year, $57MM deal — agreed to in November of last year. This season doubles as the first year of that pact, one that could look quite team-friendly soon. Drafted shortly after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, Goedert is on track to help the team claim the NFC’s top seed for the first time since that season.

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