Reid Says Watkins Has ‘Chronic Ankle’

This will not play well with the large portion of the fan base that was not on board with drafting a 26-year-old guard to begin with.

Andy Reid revealed Friday that Danny Watkins‘ ankle, the one that will likely sideline him for Sunday’s pivotal game against Atlanta, is “chronic.”

“Danny has kind of a chronic ankle and he has had it for years,” said Reid after Friday’s practice. “He disturbed it in the last game and he thought it would be fine, and it didn’t work out. He came back Monday and practiced, Wednesday he practiced and he just didn’t feel right. So back him up and let the thing settle down.”

Reid said he thinks Watkins will be OK in the long term, but the news that this has been a lingering issue certainly raises some questions, if not some red flags.

“He tweaked it in the game. He had an issue with it years ago and then he tweaked it again,” said Reid.

Watkins is officially listed as doubtful, meaning Dennis Kelly is in line for his first NFL start. The 6-8 Kelly played tackle at Purdue, but will try guard on for size Sunday.

“I’ve been preparing all week if I have to start, but if Danny plays that’s great,” said Kelly. “I’ve just been trying to mentally prepare myself to play.”

 Howard Mudd  likes  Kelly’s mix of size and athleticism, allowing him to get into the oncoming defenders and “smother” them. Prior to April’s draft, several interested coaches suggested that he might be a good fit as a guard rather than a tackle.

“He’ s been taking reps inside for the last six, seven weeks,” said Todd Herremans. “He’s young and hungry and excited to play. I’m excited to be out there with him.”

The size doesn’t always work to your advantage as an offensive lineman, especially if your quarterback is on the shorter side. Will the 6-8 Kelly hurt Michael Vick’s ability to see the field and get his throws out?

“I actually hadn’t thought about it until you said it,” said Kelly. “But you know, playing guard you have to concentrate on being low. If that means I have to be a little bit lower, than we might as well work on it.”

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  • Dave_King

    Well hot bueno. Nothing more I can say, at least here.

  • Al

    What athlete hasn’t sprained an ankle in the past? Once you sprain it, it’s more susceptible to being sprained again, but that shouldn’t be a major concern like a history of shoulder or knee problems would be. Lets just hope Kelly can play.

    • aerochrome2

      I was almost ready to jump on the hater bandwagon (despite being the rational glass half full type), but this is a fair way to spin it

  • 3 Finger Lenny

    Watkins sucks from chronic suckness

  • The Guru

    So the Eagles drafted a 26 yr old tackle, who had 4 years of football experience, with a bad ankle…..and then told him to play guard. And we wonder why things just aren’t working out this season….

  • jabostick

    Any chance this is a benching under the guise of an injury?

    • Brian

      Probably. Watkins never missed a game in college, so I don’t know how bad this thing could really be.

      On the other hand though, why do they have to be coy about it? Just come out and say he’s doing a bad job and we’re sitting him down for a while.

      • Gary

        “On the other hand though, why do they have to be coy about it?”

        Because it is an actual injury, in my opinion.

  • knighn

    He twists it all of the time in his role as a human turnstile. Do you think it’s easy to be that big and NOT block anybody all of the time? No! It takes work! Hard work! His poor ankles just can’t hold up to the constant non-blocking.

    • PhEaglesPhan

      I gave this an up vote cause it’s pretty funny. I wouldn’t say Watkins is a bad pick, but I sure as hell wouldn’t say he is a first round pick!

      As well coming from one Canadian to another
      ( same town too! )
      Everything about us is Chronic!!!!

      • GoBirds1

        following your own logic, then it was a bad pick!!!!!!

  • Kimbafuzz

    Third starter to go down this season…. Not good.

    • eagles2zc

      Except this one hasn’t been playing well