So much for added safety at NFL training camps. New Eagles' linebacker Jason Phillips was carted off the practice field today after suffering an injury to his right knee during a special teams drill. The fifth-year veteran signed with Philadelphia at the start of free agency and was expected to served as a special teams ace and backup inside linebacker for the Eagles.
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post was able to get a picture of Phillips being assisted by the Eagles' medical staff:
Looks like Eagles might have lost veteran LB Joe Phillips to a serious knee injury. Being carried off now. pic.twitter.com/GFGr92fTeW— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) July 29, 2013
This is tough news for the Eagles just two days removed from losing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the season with an ACL tear. While the actual diagnoses hasn't been reported, the signs are pointing to a long-term, serious injury:
McCoy may have Freudian slipped, mentioning two guys out for the year. But he retracted and said didn't know the status of Jason Phillips.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) July 29, 2013
Phillips was a 5th round pick of the Ravens in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played a total of nine games for the Ravens before being released in 2011. The TCU alum was picked up by the Panthers and was a strong special teams player during his tenure in Carolina.
Update: Jason Phillips has been placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He will be replaced on the roster by undrafted free agent Travis Long. An outside linebacker with terrific pass rush ability, Long started every game he played at Washington State. He went undrafted mostly due to an ACL tear that he suffered last November.