The Philadelphia Eagles issued some injury updates on Wednesday afternoon and the most notable one involves Jalen Reagor. The rookie wide receiver suffered a UCL tear in his thumb during the Eagles’ Week 2 loss and is now expected to miss multiple weeks.
I mean, what can you even say about the Eagles and disappointing injuries at this point. It’s basically to be expected.
The Eagles didn’t place Reagor on injured reserve (yet, at least) so perhaps they think he might only miss two games? Then again, Drew Brees missed five games last year with a similar injury to the one Reagor is now dealing with. So, Reagor to IR might be coming.
UPDATE: Yes, it is.
The #Eagles are expected to place rookie WR Jalen Reagor on Injured Reserve with a UCL tear, source said. Not a surprise, given the amount of time he’ll miss. But he’ll be back for the second half of the season (or earlier).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2020
Sources say hope is Jalen Reagor can be back after the bye week November 15— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 23, 2020
That would mean he could miss 7 weeks with torn UCL in his thumb
Tough injury for a WR with impact of catching the ball on his thumb #Eagles pic.twitter.com/J9w2Qy6mVh
ANOTHER UPDATE: Or not?
After talking to several sources recently ... the latest word on Jalen Reagor is they’re hoping he misses only two weeks and not the 5-6 weeks as initially reported ...— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunn) September 23, 2020
With Reagor hurt and Alshon Jeffery still not practicing, the Eagles are down to four healthy receivers: DeSean Jackson, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and John Hightower. Not exactly the most inspiring group. The Eagles could look to add to that unit by calling up Deontay Burnett from the practice squad. It’s also worth noting that Quez Watkins is eligible to be activated from IR after this week’s game.
Reagor owns the Eagles’ longest reception so far with season with a 55-yard grab in Week 1. The Eagles’ offense, which already lacks explosion, is only less dynamic without him in the lineup. Bad news for a struggling Birds team looking to get back on track after an 0-2 start.
Eagles Day 1/2 picks since Carson Wentz was selected— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 23, 2020
Barnett: decent EDGE2
S. Jones: cut
R. Douglas: cut
Goedert: high-quality TE2
Dillard: out for year
Sanders: solid dual-threat RB
JJAW: blocking WR
Reagor: missing time
Hurts: backup QB
Taylor: STer https://t.co/VNDRvILJiR
In other injury news, Fletcher Cox is being described as “day-to-day” with an oblique injury. It’s been some time since the Eagles got elite production out of Cox, who only has 3.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits in his last 21 games. Him being hurt isn’t going to help break him out of that slump.
Special teams contributor and backup safety Rudy Ford is being described as “week-to-week.” The Eagles already lost special teams co-captain Craig James to IR last week. Now they’re down another core ST guy. Ford’s injury explains why the Eagles used a practice squad protection on undrafted rookie free agent Grayland Arnold. The Eagles could look to call up Arnold for Sunday’s game.
We’ll have even more on the Eagles’ injury situation later this afternoon when the team publishes their first official Week 3 injury report.