Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan suffered a broken foot during Philadelphia’s Week 2 loss to the Falcons and “is feared to be out for” the remainder of the 2019 NFL season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
It sounds like Jernigan might NOT actually be done for the rest of year, though? Pro Football Talk followed up their initial report by saying:
“Tim Jernigan’s broken foot does not require surgery. Current time frame is 4-6 weeks.”
NFL insider Ian Rapoport also said the following abut Jernigan’s injury:
“I’m told Jernigan could be out about roughly a month.”
John Clark has even more information:
I can confirm that Tim Jernigan did break his foot but I’m told it is a small crack. Will not require surgery. Will miss a month or so.
Okay. So, Jernigan seemingly isn’t out for the year. But he’s at least out for four-to-six weeks?
In any event, this is real bad news for the Eagles. Philadelphia just lost starting defensive tackle Malik Jackson for the season last week. Jernigan was set to be his replacement. Now the Eagles are going to be with two of their top three defensive tackles for some period of time.
Assuming Jernigan is “only” out for four-to-six weeks, the Eagles will have a decision to make regarding his roster spot. Do the Eagles put Jernigan on injured reserve, which would mean he’d miss at least eight weeks? Do they try to carry him on the roster even if he can’t play?
The Eagles will likely need to free up a roster spot to add another defensive tackle to the team. Fletcher Cox, Hassan Ridgeway, and the recently signed Akeem Spence are the only healthy players at that position right now.
Just a few weeks ago, the Eagles were looking super deep on the interior defensive line. Now they’re back to where they were in 2018 when it was just Cox and some fringe roster talents lining up next to him. Not good.
When it rains, it pours.
UPDATE: In some more positive (?) injury news ...
I’m told DeSean Jackson & Alshon Jeffery did not feel comfortable pregame. Dallas Goedert had calf issue pregame, didnt play at all. You dont want calf to pop— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 16, 2019
Alshon Jeffery played 6 snaps with calf. DeSean Jackson 11 snaps with groin
I’m told DeSean is hoping to play Sunday pic.twitter.com/ZAGfuix4Ig