It sounds like Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement is going to have a long road of recovery ahead of him.
Hamstrings and ACL’s haven’t held up well on the Philadelphia Eagles this season. It seems like every single week there’s a new addition to the Injured Reserve. Recently, the Eagles downgraded both, Corey Clement and Josh Sweat to the IR after Week 14’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Both players are dealing with knee injuries, and one sounds more significant than the other as of right now.
If you ask Eagles head coach Doug Pederson what’s wrong with Clement, he won’t give you a definite answer. “He injured his knee,” is as obvious, and descriptive Pederson is willing to go when talking about Clement. He wouldn’t specify anything on it. Whether it’s a torn ACL or MCL, Pederson wouldn’t get into the details. All he knows is Clement will not return in 2018.
Missing the next three games will be rough for Clement, but at this point, the Eagles do not have much to look forward to this year anyway. What’s going to be tough for Clement though is his return to the field. Although we’re not sure what Clement’s diagnosis has become, there is a good chance that his mystery knee injury could result in him missing time for the 2019 offseason.
Clement has a long road ahead of him
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman, Clement is looking to miss some significant time that laps over into the league new year. What does this mean exactly? Well, we can’t be so sure. There’s voluntary OTAs, and there’s mandatory mini-camp that occurs before training camp and the preseason. If Clement’s diagnosis does have something to do with a torn ACL, then he could be looking to miss a good chunk of the spring/summer workout programs.
The backfield situation could look entirely different in 2019. With Jay Ajayi on a contract year, and Darren Sproles playing what’s shaping up to be his final season, Clement, Josh Adams, and maybe Wendell Smallwood may be the only returning players from this season. And without Clement, well, the backfield looks very thin. We should expect some significant changes for 2019.