Eagles defensive backs Rodney McLeod and cornerback Jaylen Watkins both suffered hamstring injuries during Philadelphia’s Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Both players were ruled out and did not return.
This is bad news for an Eagles secondary that’s already thin due to Ronald Darby suffering an ankle injury last Sunday. Darby is expected to be out four-to-six weeks from the time of the injury.
Watkins started at corner for the Eagles with Darby out. With Watkins leaving, the Eagles are down to 2017 third-round pick Rasul Douglas. The rookie corner was a healthy scratch in Week 1 against Washington.
McLeod is also obviously a significant loss as one of Philadelphia’s two starting safeties. With McLeod out, the Eagles are relying on veteran backup Corey Graham. Graham was getting playing time as a third safety when Malcolm Jenkins shifts to the slot.
The Eagles were thin in the secondary to begin with when healthy. Now they’ve suffered a number of injuries at the position. Not great.