Robert Quinn will be placed on injured reserve, could return by playoffs

Robert Quinn #98, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Robert Quinn #98, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The news isn’t what you want to hear, but there’s a silver lining as well. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, sources have confirmed that Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Robert Quinn‘s knee injury will require that a medical procedure be done. He’s expected to have a knee scope this week. He’ll be added to Philly’s injured reserve once it’s done, meaning he’ll miss the four games spanning Week 14 to Week 17. There is, however, hope that he’ll be back.

If it’s deemed that he’s medically cleared to return, Week 18’s regular-season finale would be the earliest that we’d see him. That game doubles as Philly’s second battle with the New York Giants. a home date. If all goes according to plan (and if the Birds keep winning), the starters could sit for that one.

Robert Quinn’s latest setback means that the veteran is running out of chances.

In all honesty, a late-season return by Robert Quinn from a knee injury might be the most impressive thing that he does all season. He’s 32 years young, and the body doesn’t heal like it once did. Having a gig that’s as physically demanding as playing pro football probably doesn’t help in that regard either.

Pellisero’s report contains one other nugget, one that was previously mentioned by Jonathan Gannon. Despite Quinn’s lack of statistical production, Eagles coaches were pleased with what they had seen from him as of late. The consensus is he was beginning to settle into the scheme, but during a practice session leading up to Week 13’s game versus the Tennessee Titans, he twisted his knee. That led to his deactivation from last week’s game. Some may even argue that things worked out in Philly’s favor anyway as Jordan Davis was medically cleared and allowed to return to the active roster.

On another note, the facts are obvious. Much is working against Robert Quinn here. He’s on the wrong side of 30. He isn’t signed past this season. The Eagles have other edge rushers on the current roster that they value more.

As of now, Robert Quinn’s chances of being extended appear to be minimal, but we’ve been wrong before. If he does return ahead of the postseason and theories of his recent mastery of the defensive scheme prove to be accurate, he could light it up during the postseason. That could lead to some light discussions at the season’s end.

Again, much of that seems doubtful. If we were to wager, we might bet against him, but in this day and age, you never know. It would be a welcomed sight if he proves us wrong.

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