Eagles news: Andre Dillard injury may still have accompanying silver lining

Andre Dillard #77, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Andre Dillard #77, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Well, we knew adversity had to come at some point. Things had been too perfect as of late. Here’s what we know. Andre Dillard suffered an arm injury at the September 1st Philadelphia Eagles practice session.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was first with the news. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining in this dark cloud. As strange as this may sound, the injury may not be as serious as it sounds.

Here’s his entire tweet containing his report.

"Eagles tackle Andre Dillard suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his forearm in practice today, sources say. Further testing is needed to determine the best course of action and timeline for a return but the expectation is Dillard will be available for a majority of the season."

Here are a few random thoughts as attention turns to Andre Dillard and one of the more significant injuries of the Eagles’ summer.

If Garafolo is correct and Dillard doesn’t miss significant time, that’s about as positive as the news can be here. Naturally, the first thought on everyone’s mind will be Dillard wasn’t going to start anyway. He’s Jordan Mailata‘s backup, but depth is always important in the NFL. We learned that lesson again after both missed time, albeit in the preseason, as both suffered head injuries in the same week.

No one likes to see injuries occur. That’s one of the reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles have been as careful as they have been to try and avoid them throughout the spring and summer. For the most part, their plan has worked.

Still, it’s an ugly fact of life. Playing a contact sport that’s as physically demanding as the NFL can be, it’s impossible to march through training camp, the preseason, and an 18-week, 17-game regular season and do so injury-free.

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Andre Dillard’s arm fracture places a slight damper on what’s been a fantastic week of Eagles football (even if there’s been no game to watch), but again, if it’s determined that he’ll be available for the majority of the Eagles season, that’s about as silver a lining as one can hope for in this dark cloud.