Might Eagles left tackle Andre Dillard swoop in to the rescue for Week 5?
Ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles Week 5 matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Nick Sirianni sat with various members of the media on the Monday following another football game. As you might imagine, an update on injured players was the first question asked. No one was surprised nor should they have been when Coach said he would wait until Wednesday to provide further updates. Philly, at about 10:30 a.m. EST announced that they had officially signed kicker Cameron Dicker to the practice squad and that they had activated a 21-day practice window for Andre Dillard. That may be evidence as to what the status is for two Birds.
Starting left tackle Jordan Mailata and Pro Bowl kicker Jake Elliott were both injured during Philadelphia’s hard-fought victory versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. If they can’t go, vice president/general manager Howie Roseman has done his part. He’s given his team some insurance.
Though it hasn’t officially been announced yet, Andre Dillard could be thrust into action soon.
So, here’s what we know. With Andre Dillard being on the Eagles’ injured reserve since September 6th, the 21-day window means Philly has two options. First, they can elevate the former first-round selection to the active roster at any point in those three weeks. Second, if that doesn’t happen, he returns to the practice squad for the remainder of the season.
Dillard has some ability. He’s shown, especially in recent years, that he’s a viable option if needed. Had he not been a first-round draft choice and subsequently labeled as the heir apparent to Jason Peters, he might not have been critiqued so harshly.
At the time of this story being written and published, nothing has been stated to suggest that Jordan Mailata and Jake Elliott won’t play or that they will (other than Sirianni stating that he’s hopeful that everyone can go), so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Bookmark this one. we’ll let you know if there are any further updates.