The Eagles are 2-0. That is the good news. The bad news is it came at a big cost. Last night Avonte Maddox left the game in clear pain and never returned. Now we know why. According to Adam Schefter, and first alluded to by Derrick Gunn, Avonte Maddox has suffered a torn pectoral muscle. He will seek a second opinion, but if that is the case, he will miss the rest of the season.
A huge loss for an Eagles team already dealing with injuries on that side of the ball. Avonte Maddox, when healthy, has been as solid as nickel cornerbacks come. The problem is staying healthy. He missed several weeks last season as well. And Josiah Scott did not fill in for him well. It is not clear yet who will fill in for Maddox this season. Mario Goodrich was the guy last night. But they played James Bradberry in the slot a bit this offseason, so he could fill that role. His backup Josh Jobe could fill it as well.
The Eagles had crazy good injury luck last season. Yes, Jalen Hurts, Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, CJ Gardner Johnson, Maddox, and Dallas Goedert all missed time. But in the Super Bowl, they had all 22 starters healthy, or at least active. Two weeks in, and they are already down one starter, Nakobe Dean is out for a month, and lots of other guys are banged up. Not the best way to start the year.
Hopefully, their luck is better from here on. But we all expected their injury luck would run out this season. They may be able to overcome it, we will have to see what they do to replace him. Bradberry may be their best bet, but they may select to go with Mario Goodrich first.
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