Cornerback Leodis McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles' season opening win over the Browns, and head coach Doug Pederson said Thursday that McKevlin is still "week-to-week" in terms of recovering from the injury.
The Eagles haven't made any moves at the cornerback position, either signing one or promoting one from the practice squad, which means they only have three fully healthy cornerbacks on the 53-man roster ahead of Monday's game against the Bears.
The question, then, was raised: how will defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz deploy his personnel if McKelvin can't go?
Answers are spilling out of Thursday's locker room, and it seems Jalen Mills would be the man to replace Leodis McKelvin.
Malcolm Jenkins said Ron Brooks will stay in the nickel role and Jalen Mills will start outside if Leodis McKelvin can’t play.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 15, 2016
Malcolm Jenkins on Jalen Mills: "He showed up ready."— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 15, 2016
Leodis McKelvin said he is optimistic about playing but isn't sure. Thinks it'll come down to Monday. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) September 15, 2016
Mills played in McKelvin's place against the Browns after McKelvin left, and performed well enough, if not exceptionally. He made a few plays in coverage.
Mills spent his final two seasons at LSU playing safety, but he played cornerback his first two years of college and has played a good chunk of cornerback in the preseason with the Eagles.
When training camp began, before Nolan Carroll wrested a starting corner spot for himself, McKelvin and Brooks were starters. Then, in nickel packages, Carroll came in and Brooks rotated to the slot.
We'll see what happens as we get near Monday, but for now, it seems like Mills could be used a decent amount against Jay Cutler and the Bears' passing attack.