Philadelphia Eagles’ left tackle Andre Dillard is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday, September 6. The 26-year-old fractured his forearm last week in practice, and will now miss four to six weeks of the 2022 season.
ANDRE DILLARD LEAVES LEFT TACKLE POSITION THIN
Dillard, a former first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since being in Philadelphia. During his rookie season, he started in four games, playing 29% of the offensive snaps.
The following season, he missed the entire year with a torn biceps suffered during training camp. Former rugby player Jordan Mailata took his place, quickly becoming a fan favorite. During the 2021 offseason, head coach Nick Sirianni placed focus on competition, with Mailata ultimately winning the starting position.
Dillard returned in 2021, starting in five games (35% of the offensive snaps). There were trade rumors this previous offseason, but the Eagles didn’t take the bait. Dillard made the 53-man roster, behind Mailata, now leaving the position thin without a back-up.
Originally thought to have suffered a non-displaced fracture, Dillard will now need a procedure to stabilize his arm. The surgery will take place on Tuesday. He will miss at least four (to six) weeks of the season, returning for the majority of the season.
In the meantime, Philadelphia will look to Jack Driscoll and Josh Sills for extra depth. They also have Le’Raven Clark and Kayode Awosika on the practice squad.