Eagles Injury Report: Zach Ertz, Leodis McKelvin Ruled Out For Bears Game
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin will not suit up for Philadelphia’s game against the Bears on Monday Night Football. Both players were officially ruled out by head coach Doug Pederson on Saturday.
Neither Ertz nor McKelvin have been able to participate in practice this week. Ertz is dealing with a rib displacement in his collarbone area. McKelvin strained his hamstring during the Eagles’ Week 1 game against the Browns.
With Ertz out, Trey Burton has an opportunity for more playing time. The third-year tight end flashed in training camp and preseason. Now Burton will have the chance to prove himself in real NFL game action. Veteran Brent Celek is the only other healthy tight end on the roster. The Eagles used swing tackle Matt Tobin as a blocking tight end last week and could continue to do that against the Bears.
McKelvin being out means Ron Brooks will start on the outside in Philadelphia’s base defense, per Pederson. The former Bills corner has logged four starts in 47 career games played. When the Eagles utilize their nickel defense, Brooks will shift inside and rookie Jalen Mills will take over on the outside.
The Eagles are thin at cornerback headed into Monday’s game. Brooks, Mills, and Nolan Carroll are the only three healthy players at the position on the roster. It’s worth noting converted safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Jaylen Watkins have corner experience, however.
Elsewhere on the Eagles’ injury report, newly added wide receiver Bryce Treggs has been a full participant this week. Treggs missed Week 1 due to a knee injury.
As far as Chicago is concerned, the Bears have only had one player listed on the injury report all week: starting cornerback Kyle Fuller. The 2014 first round pick has been limited in practice with a knee injury.
EAGLES INJURY REPORT
TE Zach Ertz (rib)
CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
BEARS INJURY REPORT
CB Kyle Fuller (knee)