December 15th, 2020 at 12:01pm CST by Zachary Links
Eagles right tackle Jack Driscoll will miss the rest of the season with a significant MCL sprain, sources tell NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter). Driscoll — who played through the pain to finish out Sunday’s game against the Saints — will be officially placed on injured reserve today or tomorrow.
Lane Johnson‘s October injury opened the door for Driscoll and the fourth-round pick has made the most of the opportunity, especially in recent weeks. The Eagles’ front five allowed Jalen Hurts to thrive against New Orleans last week with solid pocket protection and ample room to run. Hurts finished with 17-of-30 passes completed, plus 106 yards off of just 18 carries. Only a handful of other Eagles quarterbacks — including Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, and Randall Cunningham — have rushed for 100+ yards in the modern era.
The 4-8-1 Eagles still have a 12% chance of reaching the playoffs, per the New York Times, but those odds will drop drastically if they can’t get past the Cardinals this week. The Birds need a 3-0 finish to have a puncher’s chance, but they’ll have to do it with yet another missing piece on the front line.
October 19th, 2020 at 12:55pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
Just when it looked like the Eagles might finally be getting some guys, like DeSean Jackson, back from injury, they lose a handful more. Running back Miles Sanders is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with his knee injury, while tight end Zach Ertz will miss 3-4 with a high ankle sprain, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).
The hits didn’t stop there, as Mortensen noted in a follow-up tweet that defensive lineman Malik Jackson and offensive tackle Jack Driscoll are both looking at potential two-week absences. The injuries couldn’t come at a worse time for Philly, as they’re now 1-4-1 on the year and preparing for a divisional game against the Giants on Thursday Night Football.
Sanders has been one of the few bright spots on the team this season, and he had 118 yards on only nine carries before going down against Baltimore. Ertz’s injury is brutal since fellow tight end Dallas Goedert is already on injured reserve with an ankle injury of his own. Philly entered the year with a two-headed monster at tight end, and now both are on the shelf.
That being said Goedert is eligible to return as soon as this week, and if he’s able to go against the Giants that would be huge. Ertz hasn’t been putting up the numbers we’re used to seeing from him, and he’s reportedly very frustrated about his contract situation.
Jackson is a starter on defense, so that’s a big loss as well. Driscoll is a fourth-round rookie who found himself starting at right tackle on Sunday after an injury to Lane Johnson. The Eagles were already thin at tackle after the season-ending injury to Andre Dillard in August, and if Johnson isn’t ready to return the situation is going to get dire. It’s just been that type of season for Philadelphia.
That’s a wrap. On Monday, the Eagles formally announced the signing of second-round quarterback Jalen Hurts, plus five other draft picks. With that, the Eagles have formally inked all ten of their rookies in advance of training camp.
The Birds surprised everyone with their selection of Hurts at No. 53 overall. Few saw the QB2 role as a priority, but Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson couldn’t pass up the chance to grab the Oklahoma star.
“I think this player, obviously with Jalen Hurts, he has a unique skillset and you see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans,”Pederson said earlier this year. “And now he and DrewBrees have a connection there and a bond there. You look at with (Joe) Flacco and Lamar (Jackson) in Baltimore in the short period of time, how they gelled together. It’s just something we’re going to explore.”
During his lone season at Oklahoma, Hurts ran for 1,298 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 233 carries. He also had five receptions during his collegiate career, including two for 25 yards and a score during the 2019 campaign. His versatility is a major plus, and so is his salary – he’ll make just $6.025MM over the course of his four-year deal, allowing the Eagles to spend elsewhere and save in advance of their 2021 cap crunch.