Injury Update: Eagles lose more starters in the secondary
The Eagles haven’t been any strangers to the injury bug in recent years and this season is no different. Safety Rodney McLeod and CB Darius Slay were both injured on the same play in the third quarter of yesterday’s 24-21 victory over New Orleans.
Doug Pederson has announced that McLeod will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL while Slay is in concussion protocol. McLeod is the only player on the team that has played every snap this season.
Rodney McLeod tore his ACL— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 14, 2020
He is out the rest of the season
This is really a tough blow. Rodney tore his other knee 2 years ago. Rodney was second leading tackler on Eagles this year pic.twitter.com/6ZypjiajLq
CB Avonte Maddox will also miss time with a knee injury. With Cre’Von LeBlanc and Craig James already on IR, that leaves the Eagles with just six defensive backs on the roster:
- Jalen Mills
- Nickell Robey-Coleman
- K’Von Wallace
- Marcus Epps
- Kevon Seymour
- Jameson Houston
With the Eagles seemingly finding some sort of offensive rhythm with Jalen Hurts under center, it’ll be tough to move on without one of their defensive leaders in McLeod. The 30-year-old was also the Eagles’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Ironically, the Eagles cut S Will Parks just two weeks ago. In his first game back with Denver, Parks has 6 tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss, and a QB hit. The Eagles hope to get undrafted rookie Grayland Arnold, Rudy Ford, and Michael Jacquet back relatively soon.
Pederson also mentioned that DE Josh Sweat will be fine.
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