Not Kneeded! First-Round Pick Smith Potentially Out Weeks
Another day of Eagles camp, another pestering injury report.
First-round pick wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the Heisman trophy winner who the Eagles traded up to draft 10th overall, is out for potentially weeks, according to the team’s injury report, with a knee sprain.
Smith suffered the injury Saturday at practice. The team was off Sunday.
The Eagles are putting out vibes that they aren’t overly concerned, but they’ve already been hit hard at the position, which has been a weakness of theirs lately, since the start of camp.
Greg Ward and Quez Watkins missed the first few practices, and second-year pro Jalen Reagor – last year’s first-round pick – failed his conditioning test and was limited the past few practices.
The Eagles, who lack veterans at this position, went into Monday’s practice with Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Watkins, John Hightower, Michael Walker, Andre Patton, and rookie free agent Jhamon Ausbon rounding out their receivers. It was the first day of full practice for Reagor.
Ward’s 81 career receptions are the most of the group, followed by Fulgham’s 67. Nobody else has more than 35 career catches.
It’s unclear if Smith, the former Alabama star who projected to be the team’s No. 1 receiver, will play in any of the preseason games.
Also listed as week-to-week: left guard Isaac Seumalo (hamstring) and defensive back Nate Meadors (hamstring). Neither has practiced since the start of camp.
Also, right guard Brandon Brooks, who suffered a minor hamstring tweak last week, remained out of practice and day-to-day. Tight end Jason Croom is also day-to-day (knee). Linebacker Davion Taylor (quad) returned to practice as a limited participant and cornerback Shakial Taylor remains limited (lower body).
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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