For the eagles, any injury is a serious blow to fragile hopes. With so many questions about the who, the what, and the where,.. fans take solace in familiar faces. And then, like a horror movie with a bad plot, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin injures his ACL and is lost for the season.
It’s okay. We’ve got a long preseason to adapt. Others will step up. And then LB Jason Phillips fell to an ACL injury and is lost for the season. Again it’s okay. Jason Phillips, though having a good camp, was likely to make the biggest impact on special teams. The eagles will be fine. In fact, the Eagles were looking forward to the return of Arrelious Benn from a hyper-extended knee injury as a possible solution at WR. Jeremy Maclin is gone for the year. Riley Cooper is uncertain.
Benn had just returned to practice Sunday, and was fully participating in the joint practice session with New England. The injury itself occurred on a kickoff return. Immediately after the injury, Benn got up and limped off the field. He did not return, and it was not until the end of day that the worst fears came true. Arrelious Benn sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. By coincidence, this is the same middle field where the Phillips and Maclin injuries occurred.
The news is even move complicated by the news that the Eagles have released WR David Ball today as well.
The loss of Benn, and the release of Ball, does not deplete the eagles WR corps. Besides Desean Jackson, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant are Damaris Johnson, Greg Salas, Nick Miller and rookies Ifeanyi Momah, Russell Shepard, Will Murphy. Salas, whose last meaningful season happened in 2011 with 27 receptions for the Rams. Riley Cooper has had 23 receptions in a season, Damaris Johnson had 19 last year as a rookie and Nick Miller’s career best is three. Virtually all receivers show some promise in training camp so far. But we’ll know if they are ready for prime time with the arrival of the pre season games.
The eagles are likely to run a number of multiple tight end formations this year, and for the first time in many years will likely run more than 50% of the offense in rushing downs.
But for now, there is hope, and concern. We will see how Chip Kelly, the master of preparation and adaptation, handles this one.
Written by: @milroyigglesfan