[SECOND UPDATE]: Sydney Brown reportedly suffered a torn ACL, according to NFL insider Mike Garafolo. Terrible news. Brown will miss the rest of this season and he could miss games during the 2024 campaign as well.
[FIRST UPDATE]: The Eagles are trying to shake off their ugly Week 18 loss, but Sydney Brown was seen post-game with a big brace and crutch. Not ideal heading into wild card weekend.
Sydney Brown has a crutch and right knee in a big knee brace— Ed Kracz (@kracze) January 8, 2024
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
There was plenty of debate this week about whether the Eagles should rest their starters, and while they opted to do that for a few guys, head coach Nick Sirianni put his players out on the field to win against the Giants. Without question the group needed some work before the playoffs, but it didn’t take long to see why that might be a problem.
Early in the first quarter on Sunday afternoon, rookie Sydney Brown went down on a special teams play and limped off the field. He then had to be helped to the medical tent and was keeping his weight off his right leg, before ultimately being carted to the locker room.
Brown has been having a great first season in the NFL, and the speed and athleticism with which he plays has been on display since Week 1. He absolutely flies to the ball, and he showed off his speed last week against the Cardinals when he returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown. The safety recorded a speed of over 21 MPH in his return, one of the fastest across the league this season.
He’s also shown his versatility, having been cross-trained and used at different positions throughout the Eagles secondary, in addition to special teams. Brown’s flexibility will continue to be valuable throughout the postseason and as he develops ahead of Year 2.
The Eagles don’t know who they will face in the first round of the playoffs, but having Brown on the field will only help a defense that continues to struggle. Hopefully, whatever injury he suffered won’t keep him out for long.