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Nakobe Dean injury: Eagles linebacker questionable to return [UPDATE]

The second-year linebacker left the game near the end of the third quarter and is questionable to return.

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UPDATE: Nakobe Dean was seen wearing a walking boot after the game. Dean will have an MRI on his foot on Monday, according to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. Note that the Eagles play again on Thursday.


Eagles starting linebacker Nakobe Dean left the team’s Week 1 game against the New England Patriots near the end of the third quarter and entered the injury tent after suffering an apparent foot injury. After being looked at by the Eagles trainers, Dean was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation.

Dean had seven tackles (four solo) before leaving and had been a key part of the Philadelphia rush defense, although his pass coverage still might need to be refined a bit. According to CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson, and the Eagles themselves, Dean is questionable to return in the fourth quarter.

The Birds do not have much depth at the middle linebacker position so any extended time missed by Dean would be, uh, bad for Philadelphia’s defense.

Christian Elliss is currently filling in as the MIKE. Zach Cunningham is the only other off-ball linebacker on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

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