The Eagles came out preseason game 1 relatively unscathed, with only a batch of fresh hamstring injuries to deal with. The same can't be said for the Steelers, who unfortunately have lost TE/FB David Johnson for the year with an ACL tear.
Jeremy Maclin did not play last night after "tweaking" his hamstring, as Andy Reid described it, in warmups. Cullen Jenkins and Dion Lewis also left with hamstring strains and will have MRIs this morning, but Reid didn't think either were serious.
Michael Vick was the most high profile injury, but x-rays on his thumb were negative and Andy said it was just a contusion.
"By the end of the game, he was fine," Reid said. "He got hit on the top of the thumb in the nerve area and it kind of numbed it for a little while, but he's okay."
Contusion or not, he was clearly in some pain.
While none of these injuries were serious, the Eagles really do have a significant number of walking wounded at this point. 3 defensive starters Trent Cole, Jason Babin & Nate Allen all missed last night, with Allen's presence quite clearly being missed. When you add in Mike Patterson and now Cullen Jenkins, that's the entire projected starting defensive line. Although, by the looks of last night, the Eagles seemingly have 3 lines that can't be blocked...
On offense there was no Maclin or Brent Celek and there's no doubt their absence did not help. Now, it's always tough to gauge how serious an injury is at this point in the preseason. Guys get injuries this time of year that would not keep them out of real games. So would Maclin, Cole or Celek have played if this was the regular season? I would think there's a decent chance a few would have.
Either way, it would be nice to see the nagging injuries go away and for this team to get healthy. With the real grind weeks of training camp behind them, hopefully that will happen.