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.
We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018.
We just don’t know where he’ll land.
As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins.
Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes.
Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?
Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night.
- Le'Veon Bell
- Tom Brady
- Drew Brees
- Antonio Brown
- Aaron Donald
- Todd Gurley
- Julio Jones
- Von Miller
- Aaron Rodgers
- Carson Wentz
In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get.
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Carson Wentz held his inaugural AO1 Foundation softball game earlier this month and the event was a huge success, raising over $850,000 for charity.
Saturday afternoon, another Eagles player has a charity softball game.
This time, green-haired cornerback Jalen Mills will take over FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The home run derby starts at 1 p.m. and the softball game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.
According to the website, the game will help benefit the National Youth Foundation.
As for the list of players and celebrities, several of Mills’ current and former teammates are expected to show.
Here’s the full list provided on the website:
Other NFL players
Musical artist Fat Boy SSE
Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis
Philly rapper Gillie Da Kid
Competitive eater Notorious B.O.B.
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
Radio host DJ Diamond Kuts
Super fan Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni
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