The Philadelphia Eagles walked away from their game with the San Francisco 49ers with more than just a loss, as it was confirmed that DE Brandon Graham will be out for the season and G Brandon Brooks will have a stay on the IR. With these injuries, they have sustained two major injuries to their offensive and defensive lines.

Graham tore his Achilles during the game, and the commentators were saying that it was a serious one from the moment he was unable to put pressure on one of his feet. His injury occurred on a second-and-eight at the SF 17-yard line, and all we could see was Graham hobbling after being locked up with and shoved off by TE George Kittle. After the shove, he must have landed or planted his foot on the ground differently, which resulted in the Achilles tear. He is a team captain on the Eagles, so more will be missed than just his contributions. The 49ers capitalized on the absence of the Pro Bowler and ultimately won the game. Just when the Eagles were feeling confident of their future (just handing out two contract extensions prior to the game), it looks like their future will have to come into play now.

Now, the Achilles injury is traditionally a very hard one to come back from, if the athlete comes back at all. On top of this, Graham is currently 33-years-old. Once again, this injury came off a non–contact play. He was coming off of a Pro Bowl season just last year, where he recorded eight sacks and 46 combined tackles. On the other hand, this will be the time for the young d-linemen (and the rest of that rotation) to shine. While DE Ryan Kerrigan is the no. 2 left defensive end (LDE) behind Graham and, therefore, should get more playing time, there is a chance that DE Derek Barnett gets some playing time as the LDE (despite his primary position being on the right side as the RDE). Regardless, they did draft two DEs in 2021 (Coastal Carolina’s Tarron Jackson and Tulane’s Patrick Johnson (who has now been moved to the OLB position)), and DT Milton Williams (from Louisiana Tech) can play some DE as well. Last, but not least, they do have their newly extended DE Josh Sweat there to help out too. Additionally, IPPP (International Player Pathway Program) exemption DE Matt Leo (from Australia; went to college at Iowa State) resides on the practice squad.  According to resident Eagles fan, lead editor, and staff writer, Rupayan “Abs” Samanta, this is more than enough depth to offset Graham’s loss throughout the season, even if they may be lacking experience. That’s why, he says, it’ll have to be that entire front seven’s duty to pick up the slack, led by captains DT Fletcher Cox and LB Alex Singleton.

On the other side of the ball, Brooks also left the game with an injury, initially just mentioned as a chest injury and nothing more. He was just coming back from tearing his Achilles last year (for the second time, at that). He was given an MRI on Monday morning to see if whether the pectoral issue is a strain or a tear and, as mentioned in our Week 2 recap article, it bodes well for the Eagles that it was just a less serious strain. Once again, the Eagles recently gave a contract extension to another player in the same department, LT Jordan Mailata. It seems like Philadelphia will need their future to step up now if they would like to continue competing in the division, as Dallas & Washington both picked up wins this weekend to each other’s records. For now, OL Landon Dickerson (the second-round rookie out of Alabama) seems to be the immediate answer.

The 53-man G depth does not bode well for Philly at the moment, as it’s just Nate Herbig behind Dickerson (who was primarily a C at Alabama after being the right guard in Florida State), with Isaac Seumalo acting as the starter at left guard (LG). They do have a lot of G depth in the practice squad (Weber State’s Sua Opeta, Buffalo’s G/T Kayode Awosika, Indiana’s C/G Harry Crider, and Texas Tech’s G/T Le’Raven Clark (who is injured at the moment)), but Abs doesn’t mind seeing a free-agent addition join their 53-man.

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Sources

  1. Cover Photo: https://insidetheiggles.com/2021/09/19/philadelphia-eagles-49ers-injuries/
  2. Photo: https://twitter.com/JClarkNBCS/status/1439696199091638273/photo/1
  3. Tweet: https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1439687772017762309
  4. Statistics: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrahBr99.htm

 

Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.

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