The Philadelphia Eagles have been losing monumental players week after week, and their latest was safety, C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
On Sunday, the Eagles played the Green Bay Packers during primetime. Though the game ended in a victory for Philadelphia, CJGJ took a hit in the first half, and is now out indefinitely. Moving forward with a thin safety squad, the Eagles may need help, and coming to their rescue is former Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins.
MALCOLM JENKINS ON RETURNING TO THE EAGLES?
Jenkins, who retired in 2020, is ready to return to the field, but only for the Eagles.
The now 34-year-old joined Philadelphia in 2014, after playing for the New Orleans Saints. He became an instant legend as he was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was a Super Bowl champ with the Eagles. In 2020, he re-joined the Saints, announcing his retirement prior to the 2022 season.
Jenkins finished his career with 1,044 combined tackles (804 solo), 13.5 sacks, and 21 interceptions for seven touchdowns.
Coincidentally, Jenkins spoke with John Clark of NBCS during a podcast on Sunday (before CJGJ’s injury).
He stated, “I can still play. I’m still in shape. I’m still working out. It’s not far fetched. I’m still in it. I do enjoy my seat watching as a fan, but I could come in for a stretch.”
“I can still play. I’m still in shape. I’m still working out. It’s not far fetched. I’m still in it. I do enjoy my seat watching as a fan, but I could come in for a stretch”
-Malcolm Jenkins before CJGJ’s injury and he loves CJGJ
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 29, 2022
Later that night, Gardner-Johnson was injured in the first half of Philadelphia’s game against the Packers. After a collision with wide receiver Christian Watson, the 24-year-old was carted to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
On Monday there was no word on his return, but on Tuesday, it was reported that Gardner-Johnson suffered a lacerated kidney and would be out indefinitely. CJGJ leads the NFL with six interceptions. He also has 55 tackles and eight passes defended. His injury will be a blow to Philadelphia’s defense, who will now rely on Marcus Epps, Reed Blankenship, K’Von Wallace, and Andre Chachere.
Jenkins would certainly be an upgrade, and he’s already a fan-favorite. Howie Roseman has done crazier things, so Philadelphia shouldn’t count this one out.