Philadelphia Eagles and rookie DeVonta Smith get some bad news

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

On a day where we normally wake up and look for something positive to throw on Twitter with a hashtag of ‘Monday Motivation’, the Philadelphia Eagles enter the first full week of August with what would have to qualify as a setback.

Hold onto your seats. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Philly’s highly-touted rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith is injured. Rapoport described Smith’s injury as a “minor knee sprain” and stated that the most recent NFL Draft’s tenth-overall selection should only be out for “just a couple weeks”.

That isn’t the greatest news, but the bright side is things could be a lot worse.

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Shortly after the Rap Sheet’s report, ESPN’s Adam Schefter offered a bit of a follow-up. He states Smith’s injury is a sprained MCL that was discovered sometime on Sunday. It appears the young man will miss somewhere around “two to three weeks” with the injury.

If that diagnosis is accurate, even though knee injuries are always scary, there’s a chance that Smith might be able to work his way onto the field for the Philadelphia Eagles final preseason game versus the New York Jets on August 27th. Now, you may not want to quote that, but that could be the best-case scenario.

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His next few weeks will be about rest, rehabilitation, and of course, mental reps. all of that’s important too, but let’s hope he’s back on the field fairly quickly. The mental aspects of the game are important, but the NFL game is much faster than the one he played at the NCAA level. Every rep counts.

Still, this isn’t terrible news. From what we’ve all gathered here, he should still be able to find his way onto the playing field for the Philadelphia Eagles’ first game of the regular season versus the Falcons in Atlanta.