Philadelphia Eagles: Could Mike Wallace actually return this season?
Here’s an interesting thought. What if it were possible that Mike Wallace could actually return to the Philadelphia Eagles this season?
Two of the biggest acquisitions the Philadelphia Eagles snagged over the past two seasons both play at wide receiver. The addition of Alshon Jeffery paid huge dividends a season ago, especially during Philly’s Super Bowl run. Unfortunately, after saying goodbye to Torrey Smith and potentially upgrading at the other outside receiver with the signing of Mike Wallace, ‘The Birds’ have yet to get Jeffery and Wallace on the same field at the same time.
We knew Jeffery would miss a couple of games when the regular season started, but when Wallace went down with a broken fibula in Week 2, it appeared as though our chances of seeing both in the lineup in 2018 had evaporated.
Heck, even if you try to play in Madden 19’s ‘Franchise Mode’, Wallace won’t be made available to you until the 2019 season. Fortunately, real life can be stranger than fiction sometimes, and recently we got some very interesting news in the Wallace category.
You can thank Philly’s OC for this one.
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On Monday, Philly’s offensive coordinator, Mike Groh, met with the media, and when the conversation flipped to Mike Wallace, Groh had an answer that might be surprising to some.
“Hopefully, Mike’s progressing and we get a chance to get him back here this season”.
After being placed on the Eagles’ IR (injured reserve), if Wallace were to return, he wouldn’t be allowed to do so until he’s been on the IR for eight weeks, That means a return would be slated for Week 11.
That also means, if Philly’s truly thinking about bringing Wallace back into the fold, they’d probably want to make a decision before that Week 11 game, a game in which ‘The Birds’ will have their hands full with the high-powered offense of the New Orleans Saints.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea seeing as how Philly’s lone consistent deep threat appears to be second year wideout Shelton Gibson, and Gibson appears to be experiencing what might be called some slow development.
So far, he’s got one catch on the season, albeit a very impressive leaping 48-yard reception. Stay tuned. This is a story that may be worthy of paying closer attention to.