Aside from not scoring and falling in a 17-0 deficit to the Jaguars, the first half was still a disaster for the Eagles. Two offensive linemen, Allen Barbre and Evan Mathis, went down with leg injuries within minutes of each other. Barbre reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain and it looks like he will be out anywhere from 4-to-6 weeks but it could be longer.
With Mathis? Well, they feared the worst. Left tackle Jason Peters told Philly Mag's Tim McManus he thought "it must be bad" when he heard Mathis screaming on the ground. The somewhat good news is early reports indicate it is an MCL injury, not an ACL injury, according to McManus.
Head coach Chip Kelly was on the WIP Morning Show and discussed Mathis injury. "From what I understand, it’s not a Mac situation where I think Evan is done for the year," Kelly told host Angelo Cataldi. "We just to be prepared to weather the storm."
The"Mac situation" Kelly is referring to is wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who suffered a torn ACL during the 2013 training camp.
Kelly said, "It’s always a concern when you lose anyone as a starter, especially someone like Evan that's put so much time into this. You know, there’s no more dedicated guy when it comes to preparation and trying to be a true professional. And you hope for the best. You also have to be prepared when anyone goes down."
I think he is reasonably optimistic about the injury considering most thoughts about the injury were that the Pro Bowl guard's season was likely over.
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