A report emerged last Saturday suggesting that injured Eagles cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc was going to be “out for the next several weeks” but “being ready for the start of the season is expected.” At the time, Bleeding Green Nation cautioned that LeBlanc’s outlook might not actually be so optimistic.
Sure enough, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn has a new update on LeBlanc’s injury:
Cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc has a Lisfranc sprain, according to league sources. It’s the same type of injury Jalen Mills suffered in 2018, which required season-ending surgery. In LeBlanc’s case, he will not require surgery. The Eagles are hoping to have LeBlanc back by mid-to-late September, but because every player heals differently, there’s a possibility he could be out until November.
Welp. Here’s hoping Strap is back closer to September than November.
This new report isn’t exactly surprising considering the Eagles’ decision to sign Orlando Scandrick. If Strap’s injury wasn’t serious, they wouldn’t have needed to sign a veteran nickel corner. But they did.
It’s worth noting that Strap isn’t eligible for the Physically Unable to Perform list because he did participate in one training camp practice before getting hurt. The Eagles will have to carry him on the 53-man roster as they wait for him to recover.
Alternatively, the Eagles could place LeBlanc on injured reserve and activate him to the 53-man roster after Week 8. If the team feels like a November return is more likely than a September return, this would be the best course of action so that an injured Strap doesn’t take up a roster spot.
In the meantime, Scandrick will be the Eagles’ backup in the slot. Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, and Sidney Jones are all in the mix for starting roles and/or significant playing time at corner. Maddox and Jones have both taken first team nickel reps this offseason.
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