Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby will NOT play in Philadelphia’s Week 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport notes Darby is “still working back into football shape.”
This news doesn’t come as a surprise.
Darby has been a limited participant ever since returning to practice last week. The Eagles’ starting corner is still making his way back from a dislocated ankle injury he suffered in Week 1.
There’s really no need to rush Darby back for this game. The Eagles can’t take the 49ers lightly but the reality is they’re not a great opponent. Plus the field will be wet today due to the rain. No one needs to see Darby slipping and sliding out there.
Perhaps Darby will be ready to return in time for the Eagles’ Week 9 game against the Broncos. If not, he should almost definitely be back in time for the Eagles’ Week 11 game against the Cowboys, which follows Philly’s Week 10 bye.
In the meantime, the Eagles will likely start Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson at outside cornerback depending on the matchup. Rookie third-round pick Rasul Douglas has been taking snaps as well when Robinson moves to the nickel spot.
In other injury news, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is reportedly expected to be active despite being questionable to play due to a back injury. Goodwin was limited on Wednesday before sitting out on Thursday. He was then limited again on Friday, so it seems like the 49ers’ deep threat is not 100%.
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