Here’s one of those Christmas presents that we’ve been waiting on. Five days ahead of the big day (and four days ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Week 16 game versus the hated Dallas Cowboys), the Birds get some reinforcements. We learned on Monday that QB1 Jalen Hurts will sit this one out. Less than 24 hours later, Philly announced that they are activating Dallas Goedert from their injured reserve to the 53-man roster.
We thought we’d see him in Week 15 versus the Chicago Bears. He appeared to be ready, and he wanted to play. Team doctors prescribed added days of rest. That has allowed him a few extra days to heal, but now the obvious expectation is he’ll start on Saturday. He should be a full-go which is again excellent news for his coaches and teammates.
Dallas Goedert provides another weapon for the Eagles’ offense.
Let’s be frank. From a physical standpoint, no one in the NFL is 100 percent this late in the season. Goedert left the Eagles’ Week 10 clash with the Washington Commanders during the second half and didn’t return, but, sitting out the last five games ensures he will be pretty close to the one-hundred percent threshold.
Fortunately, his absence hasn’t affected the win total negatively. The Birds are 5-0 in his absence, but who are we kidding? As good as the Eagles have been from Week 11 to Week 15, they’re a much better offense when Number 88 is on the field. This is a nice lift for an already-superior football team.
So far this season, Dallas has added 43 catches, 544 receiving yards, and three touchdowns to his resume. He was working on a career year from a statistical standpoint. That may be out of the window now, but he returns to an offense that is now even better than the one he exited.
Buckle up. Again, we received a Christmas gift early. Things are about to get interesting with Philadelphia’s offense.