Ronald Darby rolls through Eagles' locker room convinced he'll return

Ronald Darby rolls through Eagles' locker room convinced he'll return

When Ronald Darby went down early in the second quarter in Sunday's win over Washington, it didn't look good. 

He needed to be carted off the field and was in some obvious pain after a pretty gruesome-looking injury. At the time, the injury looked like it would probably end his season. 

It won't. 

"I'm going to be back," Darby said confidently Wednesday. "It's only four to six weeks."

Darby was citing the medical report from his doctors. Darby simply dislocated his right ankle and there's no ligament damage. He won't need surgery. 

So he just needs it to heal and he should be back this season. In the meantime, the Eagles will go with some other combinations at corner to try to stay afloat, although Jim Schwartz wouldn't divulge the plan and he apparently made sure his players keep it to themselves too. 

No matter what the Eagles do at corner, missing Darby for the next month or longer will be a big loss. He's clearly the team's best cornerback and has the pure speed that's lacking with his teammates. 

On Wednesday, as he cruised through the Eagles' locker room with his right leg hoisted up on the platform of his black Roll-A-Bout, Darby wasn't moving fast. He's hoping he'll be much faster once his ankle heals. 

But will his injury affect his speed? 

"I hope not," Darby said. "I ain't never dislocated my ankle before so … I don't have to get surgery or anything so it should be OK." 

There's not much Darby is allowed to do right now with a dislocated ankle, so there's a chance he won't be in great shape once he's medically cleared to return. On Wednesday, though, he said he isn't worried about that; he doesn't think it'll take him long to get back into shape.  

Darby's last few days have been filled with treatment on his ankle and that'll likely be his life for the next few weeks. He said he's committed to helping his teammates however he can while he's out. 

It meant a lot to Darby that Jalen Mills dedicated the Eagles' win to him. Darby said he told Mills he was going to get his first-career interception and Mills did. 

When Darby went down near the sideline Sunday, he was in some obvious pain. He said it got a little better once his ankle was back in place in the air cast. 

"You ever dislocate something?" Darby said laughing. "It hurt." 

As soon as he went down, though, Darby didn't know the severity of the injury. 

"I ain't know what to expect it happened so fast," he said, "but I'm just happy to be OK."

The injury looked so gruesome at the time, it's almost hard to imagine that Darby will play again this season, but he's convinced he will. Four to six weeks isn't bad. 

"Yeah, [my family] was worried about me," Darby said. "But everyone is happy that it wasn't that serious and I'm going to be back."

Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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 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 CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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.