Philadelphia Eagles: Rodney McLeod’s season is over with MCL tear

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After less than a month of action, Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod’s 2018 season is over after tearing his MCL in Week 3.

The Philadelphia Eagles may have come out of their Week 3 battle with the Indianapolis Colts on top, but it, unfortunately, has come at a pretty steep price.

That’s right, the dreaded injury bug has unfortunately made its way to the City of Brotherly Love.

Though the initial diagnosis appeared optimistic, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn has reported that Rodney McLeod has officially undergone surgery on a torn MCL, effectively ending his 2018 campaign.

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A devastating blow to say the least.

While this isn’t the first time the Eagles have lost a key contributor in Week 3, as Darren Sproles suffered a similar injury last year, but unfortunately for the team, this one is going to be a lot harder to weather.

Unlike at running back, defensive end, and offensive line, the Eagles don’t have a lot of depth at safety behind their two starters, with only 12-year veteran Corey Graham, and last minute trade target Deiondre’ Hall currently on the roster. Sure, Howie Roseman will probably resign Tre Sullivan off of the practice squad, but he’s far from a proven commodity after appearing in one NFL game so far in his career.

To make matters worse, the only free agent safety who could have truly stepped in and taken over McLeod’s production more or less, Eric Reid, just signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, mere hours before the McLeod injury was formally announced.

Simply put, this is a bad break for an Eagles secondary that’s already had to deal with its fair share of lumps so far this season. With no obvious heir to slide in and replicate McLeod’s production one-for-one, it’ll be incredibly interesting to see how Jim Schwartz and company decide to address this issue over the forthcoming weeks.

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Who knows, maybe the team will finally move Rasul Douglas to safety, an idea I’ve been trying to will into existence since last fall. One can dream, right?