Today’s practice featured numerous injuries that will only add to the long list that they’ve already had to deal with. The day after hearing that Arrelious Benn tore his ACL and will miss the season, the Eagles began practice without five of their players, all lineman. Antonio Dixon was the only defensive tackle among the group, with the rest all coming from the offensive line. With Dennis Kelly, Nate Menkin, Jason Peters, and Ed Wang all out with injuries at the moment, their depth at tackle is almost nonexistent. Allen Barbre apparently took the reps with the first team today at left tackle, who is actually listed as a left guard on the depth chart. Since Peters and Wang were two of their left tackles though, they may need to do some reshuffling of their line once again if these injuries persist. But luckily Friday’s game is only a preseason game, so they can test all sorts of combinations if they’d like.
The scarier part of the injury list thus far from practice is that WRs Damaris Johnson and Russell Shepard both left practice early due to undisclosed injuries. While their injuries don’t seem to be anything severe, the last thing the team needs is more injuries to the wide receiver position. If these two guys can’t go on Friday against the Patriots, then they’ll only have seven healthy receivers to work with, and DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, and Jason Avant will likely only play a small portion of the game anyway. If the Eagles plan on winning any games this year, then they need to hope that these injuries are kept to a minimum or eliminated completely, or else they could be vying for the worst team in the league award. And while that sounds good on draft day, it only provides the fans with a pitiful year and a lot of pain, two things that Eagles fans have almost become accustomed to over the years, especially the pain.
Nonetheless, I’m excited to see what they can do on Friday against the Patriots and cannot wait to see some Eagles football once again. It’s been oh so long since their last game.