The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by a final score of 34 to 28. The Birds did not leave the game completely unscathed.
Starting inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans suffered a right groin injury later in the game and was originally ruled questionable to return. Ryans did not re-enter the game. After the game was over, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted the following regarding Ryans' status:
Sense I get from Bill Davis and DeMeco Ryans’ teammates is that Ryans’ groin injury isn’t serious— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 5, 2014
While that seems like an encouraging sign, there seemed to be similar post-game positivity following Mychal Kendricks' calf injury in Week 2. As everyone knows, Kendricks still hasn't returned to action. But let's get back to Ryans. According to Howard Eskin (via his Sports Sunday segment on FOX 29), Ryans will have an MRI on Monday. Eskin then went on to say the following:
The groin injury for DeMeco Ryans… right now I think [the Eagles] feel he will be OK for next week.
That's a good sign for Philadelphia, if true. As previously noted, the Eagles are already missing starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Eskin noted that Kendricks will likely miss Philadelphia's Week 6 game against the New York Giants. A report from earlier last week suggested that Kendricks would miss the team's games in Week 5 and Week 6.
Third string running back and kickoff returner Chris Polk also left the Eagles-Rams game with an injury. Polk was ruled questionable to return but did not re-enter the game. Here's what Eskin had to say about Polk.
I don't think Chris Polk is going to play. I saw him on the bench during the game. He was in a lot of pain. The same hamstring that caused him problems in the preseason.
Eskin said, like Ryans, Polk will have an MRI on Monday. Polk's hamstring caused him to miss considerable time in the summer and even the team's Week 1 game. There is no doubt Polk has some talent but he has struggled to stay healthy. With LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles being the only two running backs on the roster, and the former of the two struggling, it will be interesting to see how the Eagles handle Polk's situation. Keep in mind Philadelphia feels fourth string tight end Trey Burton can also play running back. Also note that the Eagles have Matthew Tucker on the practice squad.
Polk was replaced by Sproles as the team's kick returner during the Eagles-Rams game. Rookie wide receiver Josh Huff might assume that role moving forward if Polk misses time.
In summation, it appears DeMeco Ryans should be OK. It appears Chris Polk will not be ready to play in Week 6. Stay tuned for more injury updates on Monday.