LANDOVER, Md. -- Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was carted off the field with a right ankle injury early in the second quarter at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles announced that he obviously will not return.
Darby went down awkwardly near the Eagles' sideline without any contact. He had an air cast on his right ankle as he was carted off the field and into the tunnel.
As Darby's ankle was stabilized and as he was loaded onto the cart, his teammates surrounded him.
The Eagles were leading Washington 13-0 at the time of the injury.
The Eagles acquired Darby during training camp in a trade with Buffalo and immediately made him a starter opposite Jalen Mills. He's arguably one of the most important pieces of the 2017 team.
With Darby out, the Eagles are back to Mills and Patrick Robinson as their starters. They can use Malcolm Jenkins in the slot and bring Corey Graham on the field as an extra safety.
The Eagles entered Sunday's game with just three cornerbacks active, but they can use Jaylen Watkins and Graham as cornerbacks if necessary.
One day after being released from the Eagles, Vinny Curry has reportedly already found a new home.
The defensive end is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a three-year deal worth up to $27 million, with an $11.5 million injury guarantee, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.
After signing him to a five-year, $47.25 million extension in 2016, the Eagles moved on from Curry and his scheduled $11 million cap hit on Friday. The transaction saved the Eagles $5 million in cap space, with $6 million in dead money.
While Curry, 29, had the best season of his career in 2017, his production still didn't match his high cap number and he became more expendable after the Eagles acquired Pro Bowler Michael Bennett from the Seahawks.
Curry will join former Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen in Tampa Bay. Allen signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Buccaneers earlier in the week.
After getting the opportunity to stay with the Super Bowl champions, Nigel Bradham spoke at length and quite passionately about someone who didn’t get the same opportunity.
Bradham, the veteran linebacker, spent the last two years with Celek, who the Eagles released earlier this week after 11 seasons.
“That’s obviously devastating, man,” Bradham said. “Taking about a guy who was here his whole career and the way he came every day and his character every day.
“He really … me and a lot of guys on our team what it takes to win a Super Bowl, and he let us know it doesn’t come easy, it takes work, and he came in and worked every day. Like no other.”
Celek was due to earn $5 million in 2018 but is counting only $1 million in dead money against the 2018 cap, so the Eagles gained $4 million under the cap by releasing him.
That cap space certainly helped them find room to re-sign Bradham, who enjoyed a career-best season in 2017 for the Super Bowl champs.
But Bradham was effusive in his praise for the veteran tight end, who has played the fourth-most games in Eagles history.
“You would never know he was (11) years in because of the way he worked,” Bradham said. “So when you lose a guy like that it obviously takes a toll on your team.
“You hate to lose guys like that that meant so much and impacted this team so much. His leadership was on another level. He went over and beyond the things he could have done as a leader. Obviously, wish he could be here still.”