Will Mychal Kendricks be Ready for Sunday?
The Philadelphia Eagles were greeted at the end of their 37-34 win to Washington by a couple of new injuries to their active roster. The hope for them, though, is that they’ll have one starter that missed the Redskins game back for the team’s next contest.
(Listen to Eagles insider Geoff Mosher during 'Mosher Monday's' on the Sports Bash)
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks missed last week's game due to a calf injury, but the hope is that he closing in on a return. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly updated Kendricks status for their Week Four contest in San Francisco.
“I know he was out last week, and I know it's a muscle, so I don't know how long it's going to be," Kelly explained. "He tried to do some things last week and obviously didn't get out and wasn't a full participant. Was out every day in practice. So we'll see how it goes this week. It will still be a day‑to‑day thing with him.”
Kendricks was a second round pick by the team in the 2012 draft, and was finally becoming the impact player the Eagles had hoped they were getting with the 46th pick. However, Kendricks was hurt late in the third quarter against Indianapolis when he suffered the injury to his calf. He sat out all three practices leading up to the contest with the Redskins, and was deemed to be too injured to play by the team's medical staff.
In his place, the Eagles used Emmanuel Acho in the starting lineup and mixed in Casey Matthews and rookie Marcus Smith to keep afloat at the position, but none of those linebackers were able to establish themselves. When Kendricks does come back, that could be a huge addition to a defense that struggled on Sunday.
However, CSNPhilly.com Eagles insider Geoff Mosher, a guest of the Sports Bash on Monday says he doesn't expect Kendricks to be ready, but indicate he is needed - bad.
"It doesn't look good," Mosher comments on Kendricks status for this Sunday. "Watching the film it was a mess next to DeMeco."
Even with Kendricks on the way back in, the Eagles will still need to deal with another key injuries suffered on Sunday. Center Jason Kelce had to leave the game with a abdominal injury and needs sports hernia surgery and will miss six-to-eight weeks. While he is out, the Eagles will turn to David Molk to start in his place.
Wide receiver and special teams ace Josh Huff still hasn't been able to appear in a regular season game due to a shoulder injury, which is a sprained AC joint. Kelly did not update his status during his Monday press conference and instead insinuated that there is still no level of concern even with some key pieces out.
“I don't have a level of concern," Kelly said. "Just tell us who we've got that is available to play and let's go play.”
Safety Earl Wolff also had to miss the Washington game. He suffered an knee injury last season and there is some thought that knee is still bothersome. One guy who could be on the way back is linemen Matt Tobin, who missed the first three games with an ankle injury.
The Eagles start preparations for the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers today at the Nova Care Center.