Davis Updates Middle Linebacker Situation
It looks like the Eagles could be down two of their top inside linebackers for Sunday’s crucial game against the Jets.
Billy Davis that Kiko Alonso, who is believed to have suffered a partial tear of his left ACL, is still in the evaluation process. “We’re crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. We’re unsure about him,” said Davis, “but for this week I don’t expect him to play.”
Mychal Kendricks might not be available either. He sat out Tuesday’s practice along with Alonso as he nurses a hamstring strain.
“There is an outside chance we pick him up this week but it will be hard for him to get back,” said Davis. “But I think he has a shot at doing it.”
With two of the big three hurt, the Eagles signed Najee Goode Tuesday morning. Davis expressed surprise that no one had signed Goode, and said he feels comfortable having him in the mix. He’ll likely back up presumed starters DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks.
“Jordan Hicks is a very mature rookie. He went out there and it was not too big for him,” said Davis. “I think the neatest thing that happened was when he got beat on the deep pass which he played poor technique on, he came back and wasn’t phased and made some plays after that. He wasn’t rattled or depressed or go into the tank. That’s what some rookies do; he didn’t. He went back in there and played some real good football for us.”
Elsewhere on the injury front, Davis said he expects Cedric Thornton (broken bone in hand) to miss “a week or so.”
Fletcher Cox, Taylor Hart and Jerome Couplin all sat out Wednesday’s practice as well. We’ll provide further information on them when available.