Yes, yes, we know: Every NFL team is a troupe of walking wounded by the end of a season. But it sure felt like no other team lost more key contributors to the injury bug than our 2017 Eagles, the first number one seed since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to enter the divisional round of the playoffs as an underdog.
Placekicker Caleb Sturgis tears his hip flexor on the season’s opening kickoff.
Replacement: Jake Elliott, a guy cut by the Bengals.
Donnel Pumphrey, the running back the Birds selected to eventually replace Darren Sproles, tears a hamstring in practice.
Replacement: Corey Clement, an undrafted rookie.
Darren Sproles tears his ACL and breaks his right forearm on the same devastating play.
Replacement: The suddenly upwardly mobile Clement.
Special teams captain Chris Maragos hits the IR with a right knee injury.
Replacement: The man, the myth: Nate Gerry.
Starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks tears his right Achilles tendon, and future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters tears his right ACL and MCL.
Replacements: The distinguished duo of Joe Walker and Dannell Ellerbe at linebacker; second-year project Halapoulivaati Vaitai at tackle.
MVP favorite and sainthood candidate Carson Wentz tears his ACL and LCL, sending the region into an existential spiral.
Replacement: Once-and-future starter Nick Foles, who was, uh, rusty.
Published as a part of “Remember That Time We Won the Super Bowl?” in the September 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
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