[UPDATE #4]: Josh Sweat took to Twitter on Sunday night with his own update, and included that he’ll be back this season. Whether that’s the regular season or the postseason wasn’t immediately clear, but the DE tweeting at all, and having confidence in returning to the field sooner rather later, is a great sign for his health.
Thank you for your prayers and support I’ll be back this season! #GoBirds— Josh Sweat (@SweatyJ_9) January 2, 2023
[UPDATE #3]: During Nick Sirianni’s post-game press conference, the team revealed that Josh Sweat was going to be released from the hospital on Sunday night, and they would provide more updates if they are available.
[UPDATE #2]: Josh Sweat is being hospitalized as a precautionary measure, but the great news is he has movement in all of his extremities.
Josh Sweat has been hospitalized but has movement in all of his extremities, per the Eagles.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 1, 2023
[UPDATE]: Josh Sweat is on his way to the hospital in an ambulance following his scary neck injury.
Eagles DE Josh Sweat is being transported via ambulance to nearby hospital, per league source.— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) January 1, 2023
Original story below:
Very scary scene early in the Eagles-Saints game on Sunday afternoon, when Philly DE Josh Sweat had to be carted off the field on a stretcher. Saints FB Adam Prentice ran up the middle for two yards and was taken down by Sweat and Fletcher Cox, but Sweat’s neck was crammed into Prentice’s side during the tackle and he stayed face down on the field for the minutes that followed.
They're loading Sweat onto a stretcher.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 1, 2023
Terrible news for Sweat, and the entire Eagles team took to the field to see their brother before he was taken away.
Entire team out on the field for Sweat. pic.twitter.com/NXMEWqUUb6— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 1, 2023
Sweat was having a career season before the injury, notching 11 sacks — far exceeding his former high of 7.5 in 2021 — and being a huge part of the dominant Eagles defensive front. Eagles fans chanted Sweat’s name as he was carted off the field, and the DE was able to manage a thumbs up on his way out.
Cart for Josh Sweat headed off at a very slow speed. pic.twitter.com/T1bKyYBLna— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 1, 2023
Somehow the Eagles will need to shake this off and continue the game, but it’s going to be really hard to do. Hopefully Sweat is okay, and we hear an update soon.