Eagles Get Bad Injury News on Two Key Secondary Players to Begin Week 6

The Philadelphia Eagles received some bad injury news in the secondary to begin Week 6.
The Philadelphia Eagles received some bad injury news in the secondary to begin Week 6. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are officially onto Week 6 after defeating the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. Philly will take its perfect on the road once again, this time heading to the familiar MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets.

While the Eagles are getting healthier, Wednesday's practice brought with it some unexpected injury news on two key players.

Top cornerback Darius Slay and safety Justin Evans both did not participate in the first session ahead of Week 6. These important secondary members were sidelined due to knee injuries, according to the team.

Now, Wednesday is customarily a "vet day" where experienced players rest before games, which could explain either's absence. However, neither logged Wednesday DNPs last week, which indicates there is some level of injury worry here. The fact a knee is involved for both players just raises the level of concern.

Slay and Evans dealing with potential health issues is a definite surprise. Both playmakers suited up for 100% of the team's defensive snaps against the Los Angeles Rams, with neither looking particularly nagged by any kind of ailment. Evans had four tackles annd even added a pass breakup, while Slay pitched in four tackles of his own.

Losing either player would be significant for a unit that's already down both Avonte Maddox and Zech McPherson. Evans was forced to sit out the team's Week 4 win with an injury as well, though that was in the neck area.

They're not the only hampered secondary members, as fellow safety Sydney Brown was limited on Wednesday due to a hamstring issue.

Hopefully Slay and Evans sitting out the first practice of Week 6 is just due to extreme precaution. They, plus Brown, still have several days to get their bodies right before Philadelphia consider ruling them out for the matchup with the Jets.

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