The Philadelphia Eagles just can't catch a break. According to Laura Goldman, starting defensive end Cedric Thornton will be out for a few weeks while recovering from a hand injury.
A source confirmed to me that Thornton could miss two or three weeks while recovering from injury.
Photographic evidence of Thornton's injury:
#Eagles .@MrICanDueDat broke his 4th metatarsal in his right hand Will be out 2 weeks #fashiontouchdown pic.twitter.com/YhPytRV4rG— Laura Goldman (@laurasgoldman) September 21, 2015
One would assume Thornton suffered the injury during Philadelphia's Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys. The injury news comes as a bit of a surprise, however, since Thornton didn't leave the game early.
With Thornton out, look for the Eagles to rely on second-year defensive end Taylor Hart along with pass rusher Vinny Curry. Curry has also been seeing some time at outside linebacker, but perhaps this injury to Thornton could force him to move back to primarily defensive end while opening up a spot for Marcus Smith to play as the third outside linebacker.
Thornton is one of the more unheralded players on Philadelphia's roster. He's typically a really good run defender. The Eagles will hope to see him return soon.