Eagles fans finally receive good news on New Year's Day via DeVonta Smith injury update

Well, it took a while, but we finally have a reason to smile on New Year's Day.
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

So, this is what rock bottom feels like. It wasn't that long ago that we felt like the Philadelphia Eagles were a resilient team, one that would fight and claw its way to victory. Then, things began to crumble. Three straight losses came in December, each more deflating than the last. That wouldn't be the end of it.

Philly has been knocked to the canvas like Rocky Balboa again. This time, well-timed body shots and uppercuts by the Arizona Cardinals have done the damage. The Eagles lost again on Sunday in Week 17, this time to one of pro football's worst teams. We feared another loss came in the aftermath.

DeVonta Smith left Lincoln Financial Field in a walking boot but, per report, figures to be okay.

Much has been made of Eagles fans' disdain for what they have seen from the coaching staff. Losing DeVonta Smith to injury on a play where he was used as a lead blocker on a screen pass to Kenneth Gainwell in a third-and-20 scenario won't help that.

If you haven't heard, DeVonta left Lincoln Financial Field in a walking boot. There was fear he'd be lost for a while.

Good news comes on New Year's Day, FINALLY. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Smith is "believed to be dealing with a mild ankle sprain", sources say. He’ll have more tests done on Monday, but his issue isn't believed to be serious.

That's all you can hope for as a lover of Birds football. That won't stop any complaints about play calling. Why is Smith being used as a lead blocker on a screen pass? That one still has us scratching our heads hours later.

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