Nick Sirianni with Updates on Brandon Brooks and Brandon Graham
Injuries happen in the NFL and the Eagles surely have dealt with their fair share over the past few season, losing plenty of key players along the way.
Two weeks into this 2021 season, the injury bug has bitten the Eagles -- hard.
Yesterday Brandon Graham announced on social media that he would be done for the season, today head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed that message, announcing his veteran defensive end has a torn Achillies.
"Yeah, Brandon Graham, he did rupture his Achilles. We'll be without him. He'll be out for the year," said Sirianni.
With Graham officially done for the season, the team has a couple of options to replace him, but none will likely be as productive as Graham.
One option could be more snaps for Josh Sweat, who was given a massive contract extension over the weekend. Also veteran Ryan Kerrigan could see some more snaps and guys like Genard Avery could be asked to play more snaps.
The other news fro today is that starting right guard Brandon Brooks, has a pectoral strain will likely be placed on injured reserve. Being placed on the I.R. means that Brooks will be eligible to return three weeks and that the pec strain isn't season-ending.
"Brandon Brooks, he strained his pec," Sirianni announced. "We're thinking he's probably going to go to IR but it's not a season-ending injury."
Brooks left the game in the first quarter on Sunday against the 49ers and was replaced by second-round pick Landon Dickerson, who will likely be the starting at right guard until Brooks returns.
"He played a solid game," Sirianni said about Dickerson debut. "He's definitely – we all know that we all have to do things to improve based off last night or yesterday's game, but I thought he played solid for his first outing. Again, there's just some things with his pass pro we've got to clean up, assignments and stuff like that. But encouraged by his first start, his first time to play significant snaps."
Dickerson stepped in and played well, but should be better with more reps this week next to Lane Johnson.
“The first time that I got to practice with Landon was this week," said Lane Johnson after the game on Sunday. "I’ll get more reps with him this week, or maybe Herbie [G Nate Herbig]. I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Really this past week was the first week that I got some reps with Landon.”