Jalen Reagor’s participation at practice is a positive sign for Philadelphia
Injuries are a part of the game. This has been true for as long as the NFL has been in existence and for as long as the Philadelphia Eagles have been a football team. Just look at Philly’s injury report from Thursday for evidence. Second-year wideout Jalen Reagor highlighted a list of ten Birds that were either full or limited participants while JJ Arcega-Whiteside didn’t practice at all.
This is the part of the game that we don’t like, but even with that being said, football is a violent game regardless of what steps have been made to make it safer. Injuries occur every week, and even if teams show up to the site of their next clash with a relatively clean list, you can best believe that someone’s playing while dealing with something nagging them.
Jalen Reagor’s presence at practice is a good sign for Philadelphia.
Seeing all of these Birds practicing in some capacity was still encouraging though, especially Reagor who exited Ford Field on a cart not even a week ago. He missed the majority of Week 8’s game after injuring his ankle, but the fact that he’s at practice is a good sign and hopefully, an indication that he should be good to go in Week 9.
Reagor’s injury came in a non-contact fashion, and as players evolve and get bigger, stronger, and faster, non-contact injuries are becoming more and more common. The game has sped up to the point that these guys have to be able to stop, shift, and cut on a dime. Sometimes, they do so flawlessly. Sometimes, as was the case with Jalen Reagor, things get tweaked.
Again, it’s still good to see him back on the field with his teammates at practice after leaving the game and being carted off less than a week ago. He’s one of the people that we’ll be eyeballing closely as kickoff nears for the Eagles next game, a home date versus the Los Angles Chargers.
Update: Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni announced at about 12:30 p.m. EST on Friday that Jalen Reagor WILL play versus the Chargers in Week 9.