The Philadelphia Eagles have been rather vague about their injury situation since they’re permitted to be at this time of year. Thanks to media reports, however, we have some more information than the team is providing.
When it comes to the “upper body injury” that Dallas Goedert is dealing with, NFL insider Tom Pelissero reports the tight end “suffered a hairline fracture in one of his thumbs in practice this week.” He also adds that Goedert “could be back with a splint as soon as next week.”
While it’s good to see that Goedert’s injury isn’t more serious, it’s not great that his pass-catching hands are damaged. And there’s no need to rush Goedert back on the field in camp. Just get him to as close as 100% as he can be for Week 1.
With that said, the Eagles are looking thin at tight end in camp right now. Zach Ertz also missed Friday’s practice with an upper body injury and has been described as day-to-day. Undrafted rookie free agent Noah Togiai suffered a foot injury during today’s practice and might be hampered. Josh Perkins and Caleb Wilson are the only two tight ends that we know to be healthy.
The Eagles might need to add another practice body at tight end. Alex Ellis isn’t an option, unfortunately, since he recently signed with the New England Patriots. The Eagles could look to bring Scott Orndoff back since he spent time on the practice squad last year and has some level of familiarity with the offense.
Hopefully Goedert’s thumb won’t be an issue in the regular season.