Report: Sports Hernia For Jason Kelce

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce has a sports hernia injury and is expected to have surgery, sources tell the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

The injury could keep the Eagles’ center off the field for two months.

Kelce was off to a fantastic start this season. He sets the protection, is integral to the run game and is fantastic downfield on screens. Losing him, along with Evan Mathis, is devastating for the Eagles’ offense and specifically the ground game.

The Eagles have a few different options in terms of replacing Kelce. David Molk filled in Sunday against the Redskins. Veteran Wade Smith has played some center and took some reps there last week. Smith filled in at left guard yesterday after Jason Peters was ejected.

The Eagles’ offensive line is in rough shape. Here’s a quick rundown of each spot going forward:

Left tackle: The Eagles are stable here with Jason Peters.

Left guard: Dennis Kelly has started there the last two games. The Eagles could stick with him or they could go with Matt Tobin once he’s healthy.

Center: As mentioned above, it looks like it’ll be Molk. Smith is a darkhorse. And there’s always the chance that they sign someone.

Right guard: The Eagles still have a starter here with Todd Herremans.

Right tackle: Andrew Gardner has been starting here. Herremans stepped in after Peters was ejected. Lane Johnson returns in Week 5 against the Rams. There’s also a chance Tobin could step in here when healthy.

We’ll hear from Chip Kelly about the offensive line and other topics at 1 p.m.