The Philadelphia Eagles had a perfectly timed bye in Week 10 that allowed several ailing players to get some much-needed rest. Stud tight end Dallas Goedert is one of the key contributors who's hurting right now, as he went down against the Dallas Cowboys with a scary arm injury.
Many have been bracing for Goedert to be sidelined for a significant period of time, which makes the latest update on him a major shock.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Thursday that Goedert had surgery to repair his fractured forearm. More notably, McLane said the Eagles are "hopeful" the TE might not need to go on the injured reserve list since he had the bye to heal.
This is a major news for Philly. Initial word on Goedert speculated that an IR trip could be likely considering the severity of the injury.
However, it turns out Goedert could now return quicker than anticipated. At the very least, keeping him off of the injured reserve list leaves the door open for a comeback in the next three weeks.
If the team was overly concerned about the tight end needing four games off, they wouldn't hesitate to put him on IR. That move would open up a temporary roster spot, allowing them to sign someone in his place. Instead, if he avoids the injured reserve list, then he'll take up his usual spot on the 53-man roster, essentially leaving Philly one player down.
With a daunting four-game stretch out of the bye that features the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys up next, the Eagles would surely love to have their top TE available. While he might not be ready to go against the Chiefs or Bills, the 49ers and Cowboys matchups seem like a possibility.
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