Eagles Lose Goforth to Torn ACL
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Eagles rookie cornerback Randall Goforth is done for the season after tearing an ACL earlier this week.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed the injury before the team's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
An undrafted player out of UCLA, Goforth went down in obvious pain after getting tangled up with receiver Paul Turner on Friday. He managed to limp off under his own power but was eventually carted to the medical tent at the NovaCare Complex.
"Goforth, it is a knee. It's unfortunate, but it is a knee," Pederson said. "It is an ACL injury. It's a disappointing injury for him as a young player."
Goforth was deep on the depth chart behind starters Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson as well as veteran slot corner Ron Brooks, and backups like Rasul Douglas, C.J. Smith, Aaron Grymes and Mitchell White but bodies at the CB spot are significant this time of year.
Another rookie, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, missed practive because of a groin injury suffered in one-on-one passing drills while engaging with Jason Kelce on Saturday.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles remains out with inflammation in his elbow and defensive end Alex McCalister is dealing with a hamsting injury.
"Not serious at all," Pederson said when discussing Foles. "Just soreness in his elbow. He'll be fine. We'll just monitor that day by day."
Both Lane Johnson and Alshon Jeffery, who were banged up a bit Saturday are fine, according to the coach.
On the field, Pederon laused the efforts of Marcus Johnson on Saturday and said the young wideout would continue to mix in with the first team at times.
"Just go back to the first part of OTAs. He's made an impact," the coach said. "He's shown up. He's making some plays. He's one of the guys that will continue to kind of give some reps from time to time with that first group and see where he's at. He's a young, talented receiver that filled in well yesterday.
"I talk to the guys a lot about it. We just got to keep stacking those types of days together and get better."
A significant crowd estimated at 23,000 was on hand at the Linc despite the practice being moved back a day due to weather concerns.
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