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Joe Walker Injury: Eagles linebacker reportedly out for the season with ACL tear

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Bad news for the Birds.

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Eagles rookie linebacker Joe Walker suffered an ACL tear and will miss the 2016 season, according to a report from Les Bowen. Walker sustained the injury during Philadelphia's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday evening.

This unfortunate news was expected. Shortly after the game ended last night, it was reported the Eagles feared Walker suffered a serious injury. It would seem Walker's scheduled MRI confirmed an ACL tear.

Walker had been showing some promise this summer before getting hurt. The team had publicly praised the rookie middle linebacker on multiple occasions. Despite being a late seventh round pick, the Oregon Ducks alumnus had a real chance to make the team as the backup middle linebacker.

With Walker out, the Eagles could look to sign Stephen Tulloch to reinforce their linebacker depth. Philadelphia reportedly entered "heavy negotiations" with him earlier this month. The Eagles have also reportedly shown interest in trading for a linebacker.

The Eagles currently have two open roster spots. Placing Walker on the season-ending injured reserve list would free up another space.

In other news, Bowen reports cornerback Aaron Grymes could miss the rest of the preseason due to a shoulder injury. Grymes got hurt on the play where he made an incredible diving interception in the end zone.