Rodgers Returns to Make TE Position Whole
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Richard Rodgers' highest point as an Eagles player to date led to his lowest.
The veteran tight end, a former third-round pick in Green Bay who signed a one-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, was shaping up as the Eagles' replacement for long-time favorite Brent Celek as the traditional y-back or in-line tight end in Doug Pederson's offense.
Althought not neccessarily known for his blocking with the Packers the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder had the frame to do it and the experience to at least be a better option than top receiving threat Zach Ertz or rookie Dallas Goedert.
In the third quarter of the third preseason game against New England in Foxbrough back on August 16, Rodgers hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld. Everything looked normal as Rodgers celebrated with his teammates before heading back to the sideline.
From there, however, Rodgers recognized there was something wrong with his knee and he was eventually carted off with what he described as a partially-torn PCL, an injury that ultimately landed the 26-year-old on injured reserve to start the season.
"It was going well" before the injury, Rodgers said at his locker on Friday. "It was an unfortunate situation, something happened when I fell on my leg and caught that touchdown."
The good news was that Rodgers didn't need surgery and was ultimately designated to return, something that will happen on Sunday, three months after it was expected against the high-powered Saints in New Orleans.
The Eagles activated Rodgers to the 53-man roster on Friday, moving fellow TE Joshua Perkins to injured reserve with a "significant" knee injury.
"I'm just going to try to help out wherever I can," Rodgers said. "We're pretty solid on offense. Zach (Ertz)'s having a great year already. So I'm just trying to get in my spots and do what I can to contribute and take some pressure of the other guys."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen