Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Hollins’ injury is worse than expected
It looks like Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins’ injury is a lot worse than the team initially anticipated.
Another day, another injury within the Philadelphia Eagles organization. It really seems like the Super Bowl LII victory came with an extreme price to pay as the team is heading into the 2018 season. With the Eagles kicking off for the first time since February on Thursday night, they will surely be put to the test early on. The team will be without Timmy Jernigan, Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Maragos, Mack Hollins, and Nigel Bradham.
We all know that Jernigan and Jeffery are both expected to miss extended time beyond week one. Wentz’s week two status and beyond is still in question, while Bradham will return after the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Seeing how thin the Eagles look at receiver to start the season, second-year veteran Mack Hollins was expected to fill in for an injured Alshon Jeffery.
Well, it looks like Hollins’ season just got a lot tougher. The situation was very confusing over the offseason. Outside of the front office and coaching staff, nobody had any knowledge of Hollins getting offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc.
Although it was news to us all just a couple of weeks back, it still seemed as though Hollins would come back in time for the season opener. Now, it looks like Hollins took a few steps back in his recovery process as he will miss more than just one game in 2018.
Hollins to the IR:
Heading into week one, Hollins was ruled out early on by head coach Doug Pederson. Nobody could guess that he would eventually get placed on the injured reserve, though. So, the Eagles will free up space for one more player after this week, as Hollins will miss at least up to six games to start the season.
For week one, it’s definitely a hit to the questionable receiver’s unit. Once Jeffery returns, the Eagles should be in pretty good shape. Hollins isn’t exactly a major loss for the offense, but his absence on the special teams could be significant. The Eagles are now without two of their aces in Hollins and Maragos. It’s not really a situation that has anybody panicking, but it could be concerning early on in the season.