It’s always upsetting when players on your favorite team end up with short- and long-term injuries. Perhaps we should just start getting used to the fact that since the game of professional football is faster than it has ever been, injuries will always happen in preseason. Last year it was CB JaCorey Shepherd. Now this year, after the second preseason game, rookie LB Joe Walker, CB Aaron Grymes and K Caleb Sturgis will be sitting out for a while.
Before the game even started between the Eagles and Steelers, Sturgis was knocked in the head with a punt and suffered a concussion. He’ll have to go through the NFL’s protocol as he seeks to return before the end of preseason. It’s a huge blow for the second year Eagles kicker who was poised to take the job at the start of this season. Now, K Cody Parkey seems to be in the driver seat due to the Sturgis injury. Parkey made a 40 yard field goal in the game against Pittsburgh with much room to spare.
According to Eagles beat reporter Les Bowen, Grymes could very well miss the rest of the preseason due to a shoulder injury he sustained after making an acrobatic diving interception in the end zone. Grymes has been a member of the secondary to watch during camp and in preseason, especially on special teams. Due to this injury, his time on the Eagles roster may be short lived.
As for Walker, he suffered the same fate at Shepherd last year. A torn ACL he sustained in Pittsburgh will keep him out for this entire season, which is unfortunate given how surprisingly productive he’s been. Although a seventh-round pick, he raised the eyebrows of coaches who felt he could contribute early out of the gate this season.
With all of these Eagles injuries, there are now open roster spots to fill. After OL Dennis Kelly was traded and now placing Walker on the season-ending IR list, there will be some flexibility for the Eagles to bring in some kind of talent as holes need to be filled. While it’s doubtful the talent will be extremely noteworthy, we should keep our eyes open for who will fill the currently three open roster spots.