Good news for Ronald Darby and the Eagles.
Darby suffered a dislocated ankle in Sunday's win over Washington but reportedly will be able to return this season.
At his Monday press conference, head coach Doug Pederson said the team was trying to gather more information before making an official statement. That seems to jive with a Philadelphia Daily News report that states while the Eagles believe the injury to be four to six weeks for recovery, Darby is going to get a second opinion.
Darby was injured in the second quarter of the Eagles' season-opening 30-17 road win. His right ankle needed to be immobilized as he was carted off the field after just 18 snaps. After he left, Jalen Mills stepped into the No. 1 corner role and played well (see story). In fact, the entire secondary played pretty well.
Getting Darby back this season would be crucial for the Eagles, who had a shaky cornerback situation before trading Jordan Matthews and a draft pick to acquire Darby on Aug. 11. But on Sunday night, the Eagles were preparing for the possibility Darby would be out long-term. Malcolm Jenkins said his unit was confident before Darby came in, so it was still confident in the secondary without him (see story).
With Darby out, Patrick Robinson played outside as well as in the nickel corner role on Sunday. The Eagles actually didn't change any of their packages after the injury. Jaylen Watkins came in at corner, Robinson played inside and outside and Jenkins played slot corner at times.
Rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas (who was inactive Sunday) might also play a larger role thanks to the injury.
Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.
Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.
Their inclusion on the list Tuesday is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.
The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.
This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.
Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.
The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.
Here is the full list of semifinalists:
S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward
Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC.
McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak.
McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September.
The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly.
In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game).
McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury.
Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.