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Report: Avonte Maddox will likely miss “a few games” with a neck injury

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Could’ve been much worse.

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Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox will likely miss a few game as he recovers from a neck injury suffered in Philadelphia’s Week 4 win over the Green Bay Packers, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

Maddox’s neck strain obviously stems from the massive hit he took from teammate Andrew Sendejo. The friendly-fire collision resulted in Maddox being stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital. Fortunately, Maddox was able to fly home with the team. This could’ve gone much worse for him.

Still, it’s not ideal that Maddox has to miss any playing time. The Eagles are already banged up at cornerback with Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones both dealing with hamstring injuries. Jalen Mills and Cre’Von LeBlanc can’t be activated to the 53-man roster until Week 7 and Week 9, respectively, at the earliest.

Maddox’s absence means the Eagles could be starting recently re-signed veteran defender Orlando Scandrick at the nickel corner spot. There are other secondary configurations the team could play around with as well.

Scandrick, Rasul Douglas, and Craig James seem to be the only Eagles cornerbacks who are definitely on track to play in Week 5. It sounds like Jones might be able to suit up against the New York Jets this Sunday.