Eagles News: Injury update on S CJ Gardner-Johnson
The Eagles will be without their star safety for an extended period of time.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Gardner-Johnson is out indefinitely with a lacerated kidney suffered in Sunday night’s win over Green Bay:
#Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson is out indefinitely after suffering a lacerated kidney in Sunday night’s win over the #Packers, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 29, 2022
It’s a non-surgical injury. Testing is ongoing, so timetable still TBD, but it is not expected to be season-ending.
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Gardner-Johnson went down late in the first quarter after tackling WR Christian Watson and had to be carted to the locker room afterward. While the injury doesn’t appear to be season-ending, IR is a likely possibility. For reference, Zach Ertz suffered the same injury late in 2019 and only missed one week, but he didn’t have to deliver hits on defense.
Reed Blankenship replaced Gardner-Johnson in the game, leading the Eagles in tackles (6) and snagging the first INT of his career off Aaron Rodgers. The undrafted rookie figures to see more snaps in the CJGJ’s absence.
Philadelphia acquired Gardner-Johnson just ten days prior to Week 1, hoping he could be their long-term solution at safety. That gamble has paid off so far, with Gardner-Johnson leading the NFL in interceptions (6) through 11 games.
The Eagles currently sit at 10-1 with a two-game lead over Minnesota for the NFC’s top seed.
League leading 6th INT for C.J. Gardner-Johnson! @CGJXXIII— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2022
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