The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a 27-20 home loss to the hated Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, and on Monday learned they’d suffered another big loss: starting cornerback Ronald Darby.
Darby tore ACL against Cowboys
Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced during his Monday news conference that Darby had suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of the game. It was a non-contact injury, away from the unfolding play. He is lost for the remainder of the season.
Darby had been Philadelphia’s top corner this season, and becomes the ninth player the team has placed on injured reserve. The Eagles can still pull two of those players off IR and return them to the active roster.
Darby, obviously, won’t be one of those two.
Philadelphia hurting for cornerbacks
With Darby done for the year, Philadelphia is in a difficult position at cornerback. Jalen Mills missed the game against Dallas due to a foot sprain suffered the week before, against Jacksonville. Mills is reportedly “week to week.”
Nickel corner Sidney Jones suffered a hamstring injury against the Giants in Week 6 and hasn’t played since, though he could be back for this week’s game.
That’s good news for the Eagles, since they play the New Orleans Saints this week.
Significant injury just months before free agency
It’s bad news for the Eagles, but even worse news for Darby. A second-round draft pick in 2015, he’s in the final year of his rookie contract and arguably would have been the best option available on the market.
Teammate Jay Ajayi is in the same boat as Darby; Ajayi tore his ACL in October, and is also slated to be a free agent in March.
While ACL injuries certainly aren’t what they used to be, Darby’s injury may have cost him in terms of dollars.
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