In just one quarter of action, the Philadelphia Eagles have already suffered some key defensive injuries. Defensive end Brandon Bair is out for the remainder of the divisional game against the Washington Redskins with a groin injury. Meanwhile, cornerback Byron Maxwell (quad) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) are questionable to return.
Bair was starting in place of the injured Cedric Thornton and Taylor Hart, who have missed the past two games. At 6-6 and 290 pounds, Bair's size is his greatest attribute. Last week against the Jets, Bair had three passes deflected, one of which was intercepted. With Bair out, the Eagles are down to only four defensive linemen: Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Vinny Curry and Beau Allen.
With Kendricks and Maxwell on the sidelines for now, the Eagles' veterans have been replaced by rookies Jordan Hicks and Eric Rowe, respectively. Last week against the Jets, Rowe came away with a gorgeous end zone interception, while Hicks led the team with 10 tackles, and also came up with a fumble recovery and an interception.
UPDATE: Starting left tackle Jason Peters also left the game early and has been ruled questionable to return. The Eagles are dropping like flies.
UPDATE #2: Right tackle Lane Johnson injured his left knee on the PAT after Brent Celek's touchdown. However, Johnson is expected to return to the game.