Philadelphia Eagles Get Good News On Dallas Goedert Injury
The Philadelphia Eagles have survived two scares with Dallas Goedert out of the lineup with a forearm injury. The sixth-year tight end underwent surgery after the injury occurred during a Week 9 win against the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Network correspondent and Philadelphia native James Palmer reported some encouraging news on Monday morning.
It looks like #eagles TE Dallas Goedert (forearm) will push to play this weekend vs the #49ers. We'll see if that's possible as the week goes. It does seem very realistic for him to be on the field in two weeks vs the #cowboys I'm told.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 27, 2023
Analyzing Injury Timeline
The Eagles chose not to place Goedert on injured reserve after the surgery despite the need for roster flexibility. The designation would’ve required him to miss four games.
Since they kept the option open for him to return sooner, they’ve waived Derek Barnett and performed some roster gymnastics to handle an injury to Quez Watkins and manage their practice squad call-ups.
The roster management decision by Howie Roseman to squeeze roster spots indicates the belief that their starting tight end will miss fewer than four games.
Eagles Limited By Dallas Goedert Injury
Goedert has caught 38 passes for 410 yards in nine games this season. The tight end screen and the short passing game showcase his physicality and ability to run after the catch. The option to unleash Goedert as a weapon behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith provides a luxury to the Philadelphia offense that very few NFL teams have.
Jack Stoll has started in victories against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. He is a serviceable blocking tight end who caught a key pass for a 14-yard gain to set up the Eagles with a first-and-goal against Buffalo. He doesn’t provide the same level of firepower as Goedert, however.
Grant Calcaterra missed the Week 12 matchup with an ankle injury. Albert Okwuegbunam played nine offensive snaps, and Noah Togiai played seven. None of the three respective backup tight ends have caught a pass this season.
Sliding Goedert back into the lineup would provide a huge boost against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13 or the Cowboys in Week 14.