Saturday, Philadelphia Eagles HC Doug Pederson provided a few injury updates.
Well, one constant that we can always count on in sports, especially in the NFL as Philadelphia Eagles fans, is seasons don’t get canceled because of injury. You just have to wonder, at this point, when it ends if you’re a ‘Birds’ fan.
Forget finally getting through a 17-week regular season healthy as that’s been rallying cry for a journey that, at the time of this story being published, doesn’t even begin for a little over 15 more days. The question these days are all about whether or not this team can get out of training camp with 53 available men.
Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but even if you have an intimate knowledge of this team, trying to keep up with who’s at practice, who isn’t, and trying to figure out what’s going on with the guys who are missing is enough to make your head spin. Then, as if that isn’t enough, seemingly, every day someone leaves the field and they don’t return.
Friday gave some of their bodies a day to rest, and on Saturday, prior to the eleventh official practice on grass, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson sat down with several members of the media. Let’s get to the particulars.
Decent news for two Philadelphia Eagles, and bad news for another.
After ten days of practice, there hasn’t been one position on the field where we’ve seen everybody show up to work every day. Jason Kelce had a veteran’s day off. That doesn’t count. The quarterbacks have been healthy too. Well, there was this one moment when Andre Dillard was pushed back into Carson Wentz’s lap and landed on his legs awkwardly, but we made it through that unscathed.
The unit everyone can’t stop talking about is the O-line, and it didn’t take long for the Philly media to ask Coach what was going on with the revolving door of battered bodies. Here’s what we know about the biggest stories.
Our fears are confirmed. Andre Dillard is, indeed, out for the season. Pederson wouldn’t confirm whether or not Jason Peters will move back to his natural position of left tackle, but he did state it’s an option.
He also states that knowing the ‘The Bodyguard’ doesn’t need a ton of work to understand how to play that position allows him and his coaches to try other guys over there, particularly Jack Driscoll, Matt Pryor, and Jordan Mailata.
Lane Johnson is doing well. He’s still ‘day-to-day’. You never know if that’s great news though. In less than one calendar year we’ve seen Jordan Howard designated as ‘day-to-day’ (he was out for about two months), and we’ve also found out that an ‘upper-body injury’ can be something that shouldn’t cause any worry, but then again, it could also be a hairline fracture. Camp rolls on, and things are getting interesting.