Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly addressed the media on Wednesday morning for the first time since the report of Todd Herermans' biceps injury. The Eagles' starting right guard tore his muscle in his left arm late during the team's most recent game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
According to Kelly, the injury doesn't appear to be season-ending, or at least yet. Herremans will practice this week and attempt to play. The injury is a matter of pain tolerance, and it's no secret that Herremans is a tough player.
Still, it remains to be seen how effective Herrremans can be playing with only one arm. Former NFL head team physician Dr. David Chao suggests it's possible for Herremans to play effectively through the injury.
@Jeff_McLane Possible for O Lineman to play thru distal biceps tear and have surgery after season. Harder for defensive player.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) October 28, 2014
Here's how Herremans was forced to block after sustaining the injury, however. GIF courtesy of Sheil Kapadia via Birds 24/7.
As you can see, Herremans is forced to just try and take out the Arizona defender's legs. He can't really sustain a block with his arms.
Perhaps the brace that's heavily wrapped on Herremans' left arm will help. Here's a look:
Herremans left arm is heavily wrapped but he's running with first team o-line pic.twitter.com/DJ5SSQIKyV— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) October 29, 2014
If Herremans can't play, it looks like Andrew Gardner or Dennis Kelly will take his place. For what it's worth, Gardner was reportedly seen lining up at right guard with the second team offensive line on Wednesday.
In other Eagles injury news, safety Nate Allen (hamstring) and cornerback Brandon Boykin (hamstring) were the only players not practicing. Wide receivers Jeff Maehl and Brad Smith (groin) returned to practice. Jason Kelce (hernia), Darren Sproles (knee), Mychal Kendricks (calf), Evan Mathis (knee), and Earl Wolff were also at practice.
The official Eagles injury report will be released later on Wednesday.