The Eagles’ injuries on the offensive line are reaching a record-high
Over the last few years, one of the most significant issues with the Philadelphia Eagles has been their inconsistency on the offensive line. Numerous injuries have plagued the group for several seasons, and it has continued once again in 2021. From the start of the season, the Eagles have been without every starting lineman for some time.
While their continued success has covered up the issue, it has continually gotten worse. There’s nobody to blame since everyone comes back at full strength, but just a very unfortunate string of luck. Scanning Pro Football Reference, the most linemen to miss a game in a season was 2020, with eight linemen missing at least one game.
Through 12 weeks this season, the Eagles could very well shatter that horrible number, already losing seven linemen for at least one game. Jack Driscoll was just placed on injured reserve for the second time, ending his season joining the Eagles’ two starting guards.
Eagles linemen who have missed a game in 2021:
- Brandon Brooks (IR, earliest return in week 14)
- Isaac Seumalo (IR, done for the season)
- Jack Driscoll (IR, done for the season)
- Jack Anderson (IR)
- Jordan Mailata (Knee sprain, missed weeks 3 and 4)
- Lane Johnson (Personal Reasons, missed weeks 5 and 6)
- Landon Dickerson (Recovering from ACL tear week 1)
It has been for the starting group, with Jason Kelce injured as well but playing through it. Right now, the group is incredibly thin. Nate Herbig is the starting guard for the rest of the season, opposite Landon Dickerson, with Brooks still not having a timetable to return.
Eagles remaining backups:
- T Andre Dillard
- G Sua Opeta
- T Le’Raven Clark (practice squad)
- T/G Brett Toth (practice squad)
Not the best options remaining, but it’s not the Eagles’ fault. They have tremendous depth and have made sure to keep it for several seasons, but the number of injuries is ridiculous. Opeta is alright, and Dillard has been perfect but has only been limited to left tackle. The more concerning question is, what if the injuries continue?
Luckily for the Eagles, they have a bye after this week, and the hope is Anderson and Brooks will be ready to go. Once those two return, the Eagles should have enough guys, and Jeff Stoutland will almost certainly have these guys ready to go if necessary.
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