If you're Nakobe Dean, the last thing you want to discuss right now is the Philadelphia Eagles' injured reserve and your possible addition to the names on the list. If it sounds like we have been down this road a couple of times already, it's because we have been. Yes friends, this has come up a time or two before.
Think about something for a second. If we have grown weary of discussing this, one can only imagine what Number 17 is thinking, yet here we sit.
According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Philly's second-year linebacker has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain. Here's the official report on X from Garafolo.
No one wants to see injuries occur. We know this is a part of the process, but at this point, it's beginning to feel like the 2022 third-round selection simply can't catch a break.
Nakobe Dean is "expected to be placed on IR" which means he will miss significant time as a result.
He was visibly upset while sitting on a sideline medical table and talking with trainers and Philly's medical team during the recent tilt with the Dallas Cowboys. Can you blame him?
It was obvious, at that time, even though the diagnosis of his injury was unknown, that Philly's signal-caller on defense had seen his night end prematurely. At the risk of sounding insensitive, though we know Dean is talented, it's hard not to wonder if injuries will continue plaguing him.
Nakobe never missed a game during three seasons (2019-2021) and 36 career appearances with the Georgia Bulldogs at the NCAA level. He was invited to the 2022 NFL Draft as one of the expected first-round draftees but fell to Round 3 as rumors surfaced and swirled about an injury that had previously gone unmentioned.
Dean missed four games this season as well after suffering a Week 1 injury versus the New England Patriots. To date, he has appeared in 22 Eagles games with four starts. He has racked up 43 total tackles. 31 of those stops were of the solo variety. He is also credited with a half-sack. Now, he is expected to miss more time
Dean's injury is, again, expected to land him on Philly's injured reserve. The Eagles IR already houses seven players at the time of this story's release.
Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers is on the Reserve/Suspended by the Commissioner list.