Injury News: Eagles LT Andre Dillard set to undergo surgery on fractured arm; could miss up to 6 weeks
Last week, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Eagles backup tackle Andre Dillard suffered a nondisplaced forearm fracture during practice.
After further testing was done, it was determined that the best course of action is surgery. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the backup tackle is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday and could miss up to six weeks of action.
Dillard to undergo surgery
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Although Dillard isn’t one of the starting five along the Eagles offensive line, he is an integral part of their depth up front.
Now that the fourth-year tackle will potentially be sidelined for almost two months, the team may opt to sign one of their practice squad lineman to help fill the void. Keep an eye on both Le’Raven Clark and Kayode Awosika in the coming days.
The former first-round pick has dealt with numerous injuries since entering the NFL, most notably in 2020 when Dillard suffered a biceps injury during training camp, forcing him to miss the entire season. That season-ending blow paved the way for Jordan Mailata to take the reigns and the former rugby player hasn’t looked back.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old lineman seemed to have some real trade value as camp came to a close. This injury obviously puts a stop to any trade discussions for the time being.
Dillard showed some potential during the 2021 campaign, filling in for an injured Mailata.
In five starts, Dillard posted a Pro Football Focus offensive grade of 69.6. His 71.7 pass blocking mark from PFF was a career-high for Dillard. On 250 pass blocking snaps last season, the tackle allowed just one sack and one quarterback hit.
The Eagles front office places a lot of value in offensive line depth. Expect Howie Roseman and Co. to add a lineman before taking the field Sunday in Detroit.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer