Eagles’ Jalen Reagor likely to miss four weeks after leaving practice with a shoulder injury, report says


The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a wave of bad luck on Sunday, their last training camp practice open to the media, with at least two top starters – quarterback Carson Wentz and first-round wide receiver Jalen Reagor – having suffered injuries. Wentz took time off from practice early on for what the team saw as precautionary reasons, but would apparently only fight a minor soft tissue disease. Reagor, however, appears to be out for the foreseeable future following a shoulder injury sustained during actual practice.

The Eagles have yet to receive or announce the results of an MRI on Reagor’s shoulder, but Geoff Mosher reports that the “first word” is that the TCU product will be shelved “for about four weeks.” That sort of schedule would likely prevent the rookie from making his 2020 debut until October, or after the first three games of the season. The Eagles open their schedule on September 13, and a four-week absence would put Reagor on track for a return on September 27, the team’s Week 3 game day against the Bengals.

According to Drew Davison of Star of Fort Worth Telegram, Reagor has been diagnosed with a “small tear in his labrum” but will not require surgery to return to the field. There is a chance the receiver could play in Philly’s Week 2 game with the Rams, according to Davison, but he is currently expected to miss at least the club’s season opener. .

The MRI results will tell the final story. Reagor failed on an attempt to defend himself (meaning a tackle) following an interception thrown by second-round pick Jalen Hurts, who replaced Wentz in practice. Credit Reagor for his intensity, but the Eagles would likely prefer him to step aside a bit, given his importance to the team’s attacking plan in 2020.

For what it’s worth, the receiver seemed to indicate his injury wasn’t too serious on Sunday night:

Reagor joined the Eagles as the team’s 21st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, after choosing not to trade and catching a falling CeeDee Lamb – who then went to see rival Dallas Cowboys – and instead saw a ton of promise from the TCU perspective. A two-time All-Big 12 talent and having previously won honors as the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Reagor has a huge advantage and lands on a desperate roster for some help on the wide receiver.

The 21-year-old is also giving Philadelphia a prepackaged comeback, having run for 312 yards and two punt return touchdowns for TCU in 2019. What he isn’t, however, is a defensive back.

The Eagles will now look forward to seeing the results of his MRI and hope he doesn’t miss a moment with the regular season opener against the Washington Redskins just two weeks away. Reagor should have a big impact for the Eagles in the first year, but he can’t do it from the sideline.


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