October 2, 2023   3 MIN READ

Jurgens Latest Of Walking Wounded

Second-Year RG "Week To Week"


Eagles second-year right guard Cam Jurgens, one of the team’s improving young players, will likely be out at least one game and possibly more after injuring his foot Sunday against the Commanders.

Head coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that Jurgens is “week to week” and that the team would have more information available later in the week. Jurgens was in a walking boot following Sunday’s 34-31 win.

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GETTY IMAGES: A foot sprain will sidelined Eagles RG Cam Jurgens for a week and probably longer.

Fifth-year pro Sua Opeta, who had played 25 career games going into Week 4, replaced Jurgens against the Commanders and finished the game.

Sirianni said Opeta, the normal backup right guard, did “outstanding” in relief. The former Weber State lineman is poised to start Sunday’s Week 5 road game against the Los Angeles Rams and perhaps beyond if Jurgens misses more games.

Jurgens, a 2022 second-round pick, was considered the heir apparent to Jason Kelce given his two years of experience playing center at Nebraska and his eyebrow-raising testing that winter at the NFL Scouting Combine.

But with Kelce’s return, the Eagles had Jurgens compete at right guard with 2023 third-round pick Tyler Steen and fourth-year backup Jack Driscoll, the top reserve at right tackle.

Jurgens flashed during spring camps and early enough in training camp to win the job almost immediately, and play had improved after a decent Week 1 win against the Patriots.

Opeta was one of the most improved Eagles overall at camp and has grown since coming to the team as an undrafted free agent in 2019 who could only play left guard.

Dallas Drop-off

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert caught just two passes on four targets against the Commanders and hasn’t topped six receptions or 41 receiving yards in a game this season.

Sirianni said the Eagles “need to get him the football” but also noted that sometimes defenses have made quarterback Jalen Hurts go elsewhere with the ball and that Goedert has prospered in run blocking.

“I promise you he is still part of the plan for wanting to get him the football,” Sirianni said. “We need to get him the football.”

Goedert has 13 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown after four games, with the Eagles off to a 4-0 start. Last year, Goedert only had three more receptions after four games but had 240 yards and a touchdown.

– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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