The Philadelphia Eagles are in Week 2 of training camp and three more players have suffered injuries.
EAGLES TRAINING CAMP INJURIES
Earlier this week, offensive tackles Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard were the first to suffer from head injuries. The incident occurred on Tuesday, however, the team is unable to pinpoint when the injuries specifically happened.
Head coach Nick Sirianni stated, “I don’t know the exact play it happened on either of them and neither of the guys were able to say the exact play…It’s obviously football and there’s collisions and there’s no more collisions than the o- and d-line have, right? That’s why they’re wearing the guardian caps because they have the most collisions…We’re not live, but the o-line and d-line are live every single play…So I don’t know exactly how it happened and, like I said, they don’t either, but obviously we’ll be very cautious with those guys.”
The Guardian Cap is a form of protection that was released this season. The soft-shell cushion is supposed to be worn by offensive lineman, defensive linemen, and linebackers until the end of the second reason game. Wearing the cap is supposed to reduce the severity of impact by 10 percent (20 percent if both players are wearing it).
In Mailata and Dillard’s absence, veteran Le’Raven Clark has been working with the first offense. Clark has been with the Eagles since 2016; he only played in four games last season.
Following their injuries, running back Boston Scott was the latest to suffer a concussion. During Thursday’s practice, back-up quarterback Gardner Minshew threw a pass to Scott. He caught the ball, taking a few steps backward when safety Marcus Epps tackled him. Scott remained on the field before slowly getting up.
Philadelphia also has wide receivers DeVonta Smith (groin) and Greg Ward (toe) sidelined, as well as tight end Grant Calcaterra (hamstring). Zach Pascal has also been out due to food poisoning, which landed him in the hospital. His practice is now limited.
Luckily, there is still plenty of time left for the injured players to recover. Their first preseason game is next Friday, August 12.