Eagles starting nose tackle Bennie Logan might not play again this season. According to a report from Derrick Gunn, the Eagles have considered shutting Logan down.
A source tells me Bennie Logan could be shut down for the year because of a calf injury that definitely hurts the run defense if it's true— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) December 23, 2015
Chip Kelly denied Gunn's report during his press conference on Wednesday. Kelly said Logan is "day-to-day." According to Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton, however, Logan already told his teammates he'll be missing some time.
Ced Thornton said Bennie Logan told teammates he’ll be out "a couple weeks. Hope we get him back for the playoffs."— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) December 23, 2015
If the Eagles lose to Washington on Saturday night, they'll only play one more game this season. A win over Washington could give the Eagles a shot to clinch the division in Week 17. Perhaps Logan would be back in time for a playoff game.
The Eagles' run defense has really struggled while Logan has tried to play through injury. He hasn't been able to be the impact player he was earlier this season.
With Logan out, backup nose tackle Beau Allen could be in line for more playing time. Kelly said Thornton and Fletcher Cox could also see some time in the middle of the defensive line. If that's the case, expect to see Taylor Hart and Brandon Bair get more playing time at defensive end.