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.