The Philadelphia Eagles already issued their final Week 7 injury report for Thursday’s game against the New York Giants but now NFL insider Mike Garafolo is offering some additional information beyond this week’s matchup.
It was previously reported that Zach Ertz was going to miss “three-to-four weeks” while he recovers from a high ankle injury. The latest from Garafolo, though, suggests Ertz could be out even longer.
“The firm timeline I am told is four-to-six weeks.”
If that’s the case, the Eagles should definitely be putting Ertz on injured reserve, where he’ll be eligible to return after missing three weeks.
Conventional wisdom suggests being without Ertz for an extended period of time is a bad thing. Maybe that’s not actually the case, though, with the veteran tight end being such an inefficient option for Philly this year. Carson Wentz has targeted Ertz 45 times this season for just 24 receptions, 178 yards (paltry 7.4 average), and one touchdown. They just haven’t been able to get on the same page.
In other tight end news, Garafolo adds that Dallas Goedert is expected to return after the Eagles’ Week 9 bye. The third-year player hasn’t suited up since suffering a “very small fracture” in his ankle back in Week 3. Goedert is eligible to be activated from injured reserve so the Eagles can open his practice window whenever he’s ready to participate. Goedert was leading Philly in receiving before getting hurt so it’ll be nice to get him back.
In the meantime, the Eagles are down to just Richard Rodgers, Jason Croom, and receiver convert Hakeem Butler at tight end. It’s obviously not an ideal group but it might be enough for the team to get by as they face the Giants tonight and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 before the bye.