The Saints are rolling in the third quarter, but they may have to keep it up without their top cornerback.
Keenan Lewis went down while breaking up a pass to Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant and needed medical attention on the field before being helped to the sideline. Lewis, who appeared to be being evaluated for a concussion on the sideline, had been playing a very strong game for a Saints defense that’s been having a very good night.
His absence was felt immediately. The Eagles threw the ball to DeSean Jackson for completions on the first two plays after Lewis’ injury, his first two catches of the night. It looked like Jackson might have stepped out of bounds before catching the first pass, a 40-yard gain, but the play went unchallenged and the Eagles went on to watch LeSean McCoy punch the ball in from a yard out on fourth down to cut the Saints’ lead to 20-14.
The Saints are down to Corey White, Rod Sweeting and Trevin Wade at cornerback with Lewis out of the game, which means the Saints offense will likely have to keep clicking in the fourth quarter to remain in front.
UPDATE 10:41 p.m. ET: Lewis went to the locker room and returned to the sideline, but he’s doubtful to play again on Saturday.