Eagles' Offensive Line Takes Big Injury Hit Before Week 1

Larry Rupp
The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line has taken a big injury hit before Week 1.
The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line has taken a big injury hit before Week 1. / (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

The Philadelphia Eagles have long relied on a strong offensive line to bolster their offensive success. The depth they've been accustomed to having took a big hit on Thursday, though. Tackle Andre Dillard is expected to miss time after suffering a nondisplaced fracture in his forearm at practice.

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On the bright side, the team does not see the injury to be a season-ending type of issue. Dillard is set to undergo further testing in order to set up a concrete recovery timeline and decide whether or not surgery is needed. The Eagles will then have a better idea of how to adjust without their top backup.

The 26-year-old has started nine games as a pro since being selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Dillard has allowed 5.0 sacks and drawn eight penalties over 677 snaps played. Reports out of training camp suggested he made some big offseason improvements as well.

It has to frustrate Eagles fans that Dillard cannot seem to stay fully healthy. The former Washington State standout first missed the entire 2020 season with a biceps injury. He then missed stretches of team workouts this summer with a concussion. Now, Dillard is likely to land on the injured reserve.

Dillard's injury pushes Jack Driscoll into the primary backup position to starters Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson as the only other healthy tackles on the roster. It wouldn't be surprising to see a practice squad member like Le'Raven Clark or Kayode Awosika also find their way onto the team.

For now, the Eagles have odds set at +2000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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