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Report: “Real chance” Drew Lock starts in place of Geno Smith for Eagles vs. Seahawks

PLUS: News on Philadelphia’s injury replacements.

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There is a “real chance” that Seahawks backup quarterback Drew Lock will start in place of an injured Geno Smith, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Smith, who missed Week 14 due to a groin issue, was officially ruled questionable on Seattle’s final injury report. He was a limited participant in practice all week. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated Smith will be a game-time decision.

Starting in relief of Smith in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, Lock completed 71% of his attempts for 269 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 92.0 passer rating. He gained five rushing yards on three attempt and took four sacks.

Dating back to 2019, Lock is 8-14 as a starter. He’s thrown for 27 touchdowns to 23 interceptions for a career 78.9 passer rating. Lock also has five rushing touchdowns and he’s lost five of his 13 fumbles.

Whether it’s an injured Smith or a healthy Lock, the Eagles’ defense has an opportunity to bounce back a bit after struggling in recent weeks.

Of course, Philly ruled out two defensive starters: Darius Slay and Zach Cunningham.

According to a report from Jeff McLane, it’ll be rookie fourth-round pick Kelee Ringo starting in place of Slay. Ringo has a tall task ahead of him going up against some combination of the Seahawks’ top receiver trio of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

At linebacker, it’ll reportedly be Shaq Leonard starting in place of Cunningham next to Nichols Morrow. No shock there since UDFA Ben VanSumeren is the only other off-ball LB on the active roster.

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