The Philadelphia Eagles would love nothing more than to have all hands on deck for a huge rematch with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. Unfortunately, though, injuries have rocked this roster, meaning several key contributors won't be able to suit up.
Linebacker Zach Cunningham is one player who's hurting right now after the team's Week 12 game, and the latest injury update on him is terrible news.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Cunningham suffered a hamstring strain against the Buffalo Bills. McLane adds the injury is "expected" to sideline him for Sunday's contest, and potentially longer.
This is far from promising news for the veteran LB. Hamstrings are one of the most problematic muscles to injure, with recovery times varying by the person. Playing a physical position like linebacker that expects you to be in the middle of tackles all game long makes it even worse for someone like Cunningham to return without any issues.
The seventh-year pro being sidelined for a chunk of time would be a huge blow to Philadelphia's defense considering the stability he's provided at LB. His 71 total tackles and 47 solo tackles in 2023 are both second on the entire team by a wide margin. Losing that kind of presence who excels at stopping ball carries from getting to the next level of the field stings.
However, the Eagles have a chance to make the loss of Cunningham hurt a little less on Wednesday. Veteran linebacker Shaquille Leonard is holding a free-agent visit with Nick Sirianni and company in the afternoon, which sets the stage for Philly to sign a ready-made replacement.
Considering Cunningham's situation, it'd be no surprise if Howie Roseman ensures Leonard doesn't leave the building without a deal.
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