Eagles Going with Landon Dickerson at Right Guard vs Dallas
Eagles second-round pick Landon Dickerson will make his first NFL start on Monday Night Football, replacing Brandon Brooks, who was injured in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Brooks will be eligible to return three weeks after being placed on injured reserve with what was called a pec strain, but isn't season-ending, per Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
As for Brooks, he could be out up to eight weeks, at least according to teammate Lane Johnson.
In his place will be Dickerson with Sirianni making it official on Thursday.
"It's going to be Landon," Sirianni announced. "But Nate's got to be ready just like he was last week. To be ready to go in, if anything else happens."
"And so it was a good learning experience for Landon. I know he made the corrections and he's looking forward to getting out there practicing today to get better."
Dickerson got the call over Nate Herbig and Jack Driscoll and the team is excited about what the massive 6-foot-6, 333 pound rookie can bring to the offensive line.
"Landon stepped up and I thought he did a good job," said Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen. "Obviously, there's things he can improve on, it was his first time playing. But excited about Landon going forward. "
The 22-year old is coming off an ACL tear in the SEC title game, his fourth season-ending injury in five collegiate seasons. When Brooks went down, the Eagles had options, but went with Dickerson and are throwing him into the fire in a game of this magnitude, showing what kind of talent the Eagles feel he has.
"We just felt like – every decision that we make is what we think is the best – that's going to give us the best opportunity to win," explained Sirianni after the 49ers game. "We liked what Landon did in practice all week and we felt comfortable with him going in the game and playing."
Now he will get his first chance to start in a game against the Dallas Cowboys.