Sources: First-Round Pick Reagor Awaiting MRI Results
(UPDATED, 5 p.m): Early word is that Jalen Reagor won’t need surgery, but will be out about our weeks. Keep coming back to InsideTheBirds.com for more information and make sure you listen to Monday’s Inside The Birds podcast for a full report:
The Eagles are bracing to find out the severity of an injury to another first-round pick.
Rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor, chosen 20th overall in April, exited Sunday’s scrimmage less than an hour into practice with a shoulder injury. Multiple sources told ITB’s Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan that Reagor underwent an MRI on his left shoulder.
Reagor, who’s been impressive in camp, was expected to be a starter when the season begins Sept. 13 in Landover, Md., against the Washington Football Team. He’s been practicing at the X position — or split end.
If Reagor isn’t ready by the season opener, the Eagles could go with second-year pro J.J. Arcega-Whiteside at the X position. Arcega-Whiteside, a 2019 second-round pick, has showed improvement in his second camp after a disappointing and injury marred rookie season.
The Eagles could also use surprising rookie fifth-round pick John Hightower at the X. The Boise State product, who caught a long touchdown in Sunday’s scrimmage, has showed promising consistency in camp, working at several different receiver positions.
Hightower clocked a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, impressive speed that’s been on display throughout camp. Arcega-Whiteside doesn’t play with tremendous speed like Hightower and Reagor do but has the strength to fight off press coverage at the X position and was known in college for making contested catches and threatening defenses in the red zone.
The Eagles have several first-round picks sidelined, including quarterback Carson Wentz, who sat out Sunday’s scrimmage with what’s been described as a minor lower-body issues, and Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, who’s been out for more than a week with what the team has called a lower-body injury.
The team lost second-year pro Andre Dillard, a 2019 first-round pick, for the season last week after Dillard tore his biceps.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the Inside the Birds podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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