Another day passes, and many of the new guys on the Philadelphia Eagles roster are checking a few items off of their checklists. Nolan Smith and Olamide Zaccheaus' first preseason tests were road affairs versus the Baltimore Ravens. O.Z. didn't snare any passes. Smith's night ended with nary a sack, but he did create pressure and get a hit on an opposing quarterback.
Their second game doubled as their first game at Lincoln Financial Field. Both made plays in this one, but the game itself has been costly.
Nolan Smith, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Zech McPhearson all leave the Eagles second preseason game with first-half injuries.
Here's what you would call good news/bad news scenarios. Nolan Smith, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Zech McPhearson all made some plays on Thursday evening. They all also had a few plays they'd like to have back, but overall each man got some work in. All also left the field with first-half injuries.
Olamide Zaccheaus and Nolan Smith both left the field under their own power. Zaccheaus took a trip to the medical tent before heading to the locker room. Smith seemed to be banged up during a near-sack in the first quarter but stayed on the field for another snap, a punt on fourth down. Zech McPhearson left the game on a cart.
Sheesh. This isn't what you want to see. There's no worse feeling than losing key pieces during a game that doesn't count, but fingers are crossed that all will be okay. Here are a few updates.
Zaccheaus' injury is believed to be a shoulder injury. He returned about halfway through the second quarter but wouldn't return to action. Shortly before the halftime break, we learned Zech McPhearson is being evaluated for an Achilles injury and that Smith has a shoulder issue of his own. The former has been ruled out. Smith's return, like O.Z.'s is questionable. He did, however, return to the sideline during the second half.
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Updates: Eagles offensive lineman Josh Andrews and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland also left the field of play with injuries. The latter was very concerning as Tyrie, who was a late offseason acquisition, had to be stabilized and carted off. Moro Ojomo would be carted off during the fourth quarter after suffering what appeared to be a head injury.
Hopefully, this is just a precaution. Here's the good news. He has movement in all of his extremities.