Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills is not expected to be able to return to this season, according to a league source. He’ll likely be placed on injured reserve. The Eagles hoped Mills could return. He’s a starter and key player on the defense, so the Eagles kept him on the roster and wanted to give him a chance to recover. But it’s not looking like he’ll be able to return this season, from what I’m hearing.
Mills suffered a “foot sprain” during the Eagles’ Week 8 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coming out of Philadelphia’s bye week, there was a report that his status was “week-to-week.” He hasn’t been able to play or practice since and he was recently spotted with a walking boot on his left foot.
Mills being out for the rest of the season is a significant loss for the Eagles. The Green Goblin isn’t without his struggles but he’s arguably the best remaining corner on the 53-man man roster. At the very least, getting Mills back would’ve improved the secondary’s depth.
It looks like both of the Eagles’ 2018 starting cornerbacks — Mills and Ronald Darby — will finish the season on injured reserve. Not ideal. Philadelphia will move forward with Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas starting on the outside with Cre’Von LeBlanc seeing time as the team’s nickel corner. This is a big opportunity for the young defensive backs to step up down the stretch.
The Eagles haven’t officially placed Mills on injured reserve just yet. Once they do, that’ll free up a roster spot to make a corresponding move.
UPDATE: The Eagles placed Mills on IR and called up Bruce Hector from the practice squad.
RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
S Chris Maragos
RB Jay Ajayi
DE Derek Barnett
CB Elie Bouka
CB Ronald Darby
WR Mack Hollins
S Rodney McLeod
TE Joshua Perkins
WR Mike Wallace
LB Paul Worrilow