Jordan Hicks was able to return to the Philadelphia Eagles defense last week, but he’s still dealing with inflammation at this point.
Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks just cannot stay healthy. It’s unfortunate, but this has been the story of Hicks’ young career. Ever since his rookie season, Hicks has struggled to stay on the field. As a matter of fact, his injury history dates back to his days with the Texas Longhorns. And his inability to stay healthy in college affected his draft stock since he has missed 19 games at the NCAA level.
Unfortunately, Hicks’ injury history increased after his days with the Longhorns. Since coming to Philadelphia, the Eagles middle linebacker has missed 21 games in a four-year span. That doesn’t include the postseason, either. And as Hicks is on his contract year with the Eagles, the number one thing that he had to do to earn another contract was remain healthy. Clearly, we all know he was not successful in staying off the injury report.
Last month, Hicks went down with a calf injury against the New Orleans Saints. He ended up missing a few weeks, but he was finally able to return to play against the Houston Texans during Week 16. That doesn’t mean he’s fully healthy though. This week, Hicks has been out of practice as he’s dealing with inflammation in his calf. Seeing as though calf injuries are not foreign to Hicks, the Eagles are taking it easy with the veteran linebacker at this point.
Hicks could be questionable this week
Right now, Hicks’ status is going to be questionable. According to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, he wanted to give Hicks some extra rest as the week closes out. However, it sounds like the Eagles are going to have the opportunity to play with Hicks this week, barring any significant setbacks. Hopefully, Hicks takes it easy for the next two days and can be healthy and ready to play what could end up being his last game with the Eagles.
For the first time since his Achilles injury, Hicks will face the Washington Redskins. As Week 17 is a must-win situation for the Birds, they are going to need all of the healthy players they can get. Last week, Hicks had a decent return to the field with five tackles and a pass deflection. Seeing as though Hicks has more objectives on his mind beyond getting into the playoffs, we should expect to see him playing some of his best ball this Sunday, whether he’s fully healthy or not.