Down goes another lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, this time on the offensive side of the ball… Guard Isaac Seumalo will be placed on the Injured Reserve after injuring his foot (Lisfranc) on Monday, September 27th, which will effectively rule him out for the season. The injury required surgery after the game against the Cowboys on Monday night.
For the Eagles, they will once again have to reshuffle their offensive line. For now, they are without Gs Brandon Brooks and Seumalo, and T Jordan Mailata is questionable with an MCL sprain heading into Week 4. This creates some major blows for the team and the development of QB Jalen Hurts as they try to progress through the season. Luckily for them, the rest of the NFC East teams are all struggling with injuries of their own as well.
He started out as a four-star recruit and the no. 3 guard prospect in his class, choosing to go to Oregon State so that he could play where his father, Joe, worked. He was a Freshman All-American in 2012 and was also on the Second-team All-Pac-12 in 2013, so the Eagles got a great player in the 2016 draft, where he was picked in the third round (79th overall). He’s basically been the starter at the guard position since Week 5 of the 2018 season, other than the times he was out due to injury, which he’s also unfortunately managed to have a whole lot of… He lost the last three weeks of 2018 to a pectoral injury, then was placed on the IR for a knee injury in 2020 (he was activated about two months later).
He has proved his value as a Day 2 pick, though, as he signed a three-year, $15.9M contract in 2019. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 due to the terms of this contract. He is usually good when it comes to not getting penalized, only having 17 penalties in five years, but he did record three in three games this year. He didn’t give up any sacks this year but has given up 18 in five years, so this is an issue he will have to work on. He does a low overall player grade average (64.18), and the primary reason was a horrible sophomore season (42.7 grade, six sacks given up).
Some of the previous offensive line options who were mentioned in this article are still in Philly, so they can help out as replacement options for Seumalo: Opeta (their 2019 UDFA; on the reserve/COVID-19 list for now), Awosika (their 2021 UDFA; still in the practice squad), and Clark (the former Colts 2016 third-rounder; also on the practice squad). These players have been joined by Bills former 2021 seventh-rounder Jack Anderson, who the Eagles signed onto their active roster from the Bills practice squad on September 21st. For now, G Nate Herbig will be Seumalo’s direct replacement.
We wish Seumalo a speedy recovery and hope that he comes back stronger next year! Abs has been unhappy with all the various injuries the Eagles have faced already, which is already causing him to think about how bad things were last season when they went 4-12… The season isn’t over just yet, but it doesn’t help that the Eagles have drawn a gauntlet ahead of them in the coming weeks: at CAR (3-1), vs. TB (3-1), and at LV (3-1). Best of luck to this Eagles season…!
- Info: https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/09/eagles-isaac-seumalo-done-for-year
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/1442894167789617166
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eagles/status/1442685262769889280
- Cover Photo: https://twitter.com/PHLEaglesNation/status/1442906043109961728
- High School Info: http://www.gazettetimes.com/sports/beavers-sports/football/osu-football-seumalo-makes-it-official-and-signs-with-the/article_9ac8128c-4d2d-11e1-b659-0019bb2963f4.html
- Seumalo’s College Stats: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/isaac-seumalo-1.html
- Seumalo’s NFL Stats: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SeumIs00.htm
- More Seumalo Stats: https://www.pff.com/nfl/players/isaac-seumalo/10713?season=2017
Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.