Sunday turned into a disaster for the Philadelphia Eagles in a hurry. Their 21-6 lead over the Arizona Cardinals somehow evaporated in the second half, and that self-implosion ultimately led to a stunning 35-31 defeat.
Unfortunately, Philly suffered a major loss in more than one way in Week 17, as star wide receiver DeVonta Smith came off of the field limping following a screen play late in the fourth quarter.
The initial update on Smith after the contest did not bear good news.
Multiple reporters said Smith was spotted in a walking boot and on crutches. NFL Network's Omar Ruiz captured a photo that shows how dire the wideout's situation is.
Smith's right ankle was rolled up on while trying to block for Kenneth Gainwell on the team's penultimate drive. He was in obvious pain as he came off of the field, which immediately prompted concerns.
Of course, all outsiders can do right now is theorize what injury Smith might've suffered. Regardless, it's seems as though his availability in the immediate future could be up in the air.
Now the bigger worry is about Smith's potential status for the first round of the playoffs with the regular-season finale next Sunday. Recoveries from ankle and lower-leg ailments are always different depending upon the player, so it's tough to guarantee the Alabama product will be available for Wild Card Weekend.
Hopefully further testing shows Smith avoided any kind of worst-case scenario, though the approaching playoffs means even a multi-week injury would sideline him, leaving little time to get back to 100%.
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