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Eagles injuries piling up, especially on defensive line

Andy Reid AP

The good news is, not many of the Eagles injuries are considered major.

The bad news is, it’s getting hard to get through practice with the number of bodies on the sidelines, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

There are a lot of them, and Les has the full list. But the most alarming concentration is up front.

“We have our defensive line meetings in the training room,” joked Cullen Jenkins, who won’t miss much more time with a hamstring tweak.

He’s not far off, as fellow starters Jason Babin (calf), Trent Cole (shoulder) and Mike Patterson are in there with him at the moment. Only Patterson, coming back from brain surgery, is considered a long-term problem.

That left the Eagles with a “starting” defensive line of Darryl Tapp, Derek Landri, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.

That’s put more focus than normal on Cox, the first-rounder who is being overwhelmed with information by defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and line coach Jim Washburn.

“It’s kind of a shock,” Cox said.

“Going through the OTAs and everything, he was in but not able to go full speed or anything,” Jenkins said of Cox. “it kind of hinders you a little bit in the learning process. Now that you’re coming out here it’s full speed, and it’s just a little bit different.”

Getting reduced practice time in training camp was one of the things players bargained for in the last CBA negotiations. But the flip side of that is a few injuries can put a serious dent in the amount of work that can get done, leaving teams in awkward positions when it comes time to make cuts and get ready for the regular season.

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8 Responses to “Eagles injuries piling up, especially on defensive line”
  1. jnks10 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:11 AM

    With two rookies and a former first round pick trying to prove themselves among others I think this is a blessing in disguise. Especially since none of the injuries are serious. The only way you learn a defense is by playing in it.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:22 AM

    Time for that Graham kid to step it up. Philly not only traded up to get him, they passed on Earl Thomas in order to do so.

  3. jesusmhdz says: Aug 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    Its no rwal big deal, they’ll be able to play come week 1 and they have already one year under washburn’s system. Look at the bright side, the backups will be training with the starters and well, the eagles have depth at the defensive line although its not infinite depth

  4. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Aug 3, 2012 9:32 AM

    Fletcher cox seems to be a little underwhelming so far. thought he was going to be a world beater based on the overhype at the draft. Seems lazy and having a hard time grasping the system. maybe he is just not a practice player. who knows.

    Birds, i appreciate the confidence you show every year. Best draft, best free agents, smartest trades but i think everyone knows how this story ends again. ringless.

  5. phillypat says: Aug 3, 2012 9:44 AM

    they also passed on JPP for graham

  6. meytonpanning says: Aug 3, 2012 9:47 AM

    Injuries do recur though. I feel the Eagles wont have a good year. Demetrus Bell cannot successfully block JPP and Demarcus Ware twice each.

  7. dgreenfi says: Aug 3, 2012 10:09 AM

    I’m worried this may create a mismatch when the Eagles 4th string DL has to go against Pittburgh’s 3rd string OL next week.

  8. ezg1 says: Aug 3, 2012 11:26 AM

    Dream Team + Dynasty = Delusional Losers

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