The Eagles offense was struggling at best in the first half against the Bucs, but things got worse when Julio Jones was sidelined in the second quarter.
Jalen Hurts threw a 14-yard pass to Jones, who ended up taking a huge hit by Zyon McCollum after making the catch. He was able to spin around to try and get more yards, but three Bucs defenders descended on him and he took another hit that ultimately had him being evaluated for a concussion. He was ruled out just after halftime.
Injury Update: WR Julio Jones has been ruled out. https://t.co/1QhvfALPtA— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 16, 2024
With A.J. Brown missing this game due to a knee injury, Jones got the start and had three catches for 22 yards in the first quarter and a half. The catch he ended up injured making, was a bit of a momentum boost for the Eagles, who turned around and scored just a few plays later.
If Jones is sidelined for the remainder of the game, Quez Watkins will get some more playing time, and they’ll really need to rely on DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert in the second half. [Maybe they could run the ball, too, but that seems unlikely.]