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Rodney McLeod Injury: Eagles safety reportedly out for season with torn MCL Well , this is terrible news. Philadelphia Eagles starting safety Rodney McLeod is reportedly out for the season after having surgery on a torn MCL, according to a report from Derrick Gunn.McLeod injured his knee during the Eagles’ Week 3 win over the Colts. This is a significant loss for Jim Schwartz’s defense. McLeod was off to a good start this season and now the Eagles are pretty thin on the back end. McLeod’s injury seemingly forces 33-year-old Corey Graham to see more playing time, which isn’t ideal because he’s best served as a role player in defensive subpackages. By extension, McLeod’s absence could limit the Eagles’ ability to move Malcolm Jenkins around the team’s defensive formations. McLeod’s injury could also mean an elevated role for Deiondre’ Hall, whom the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Bears earlier this month. Hall has only logged special teams with Philly to this point. That could soon change with him becoming more involved on defense.The Eagles could very well look to add another safety to their 53-man roster. Tre Sullivan is on the practice squad if they want to promote him. Eric Reid is no longer available after signing with the Panthers earlier today (naturally) so free agent options now include players like T.J. Ward Carson Wentz Jersey , Mike Mitchell, Tyvon Branch, Eddie Pleasant, and Andrew Adams. It’s worth noting the Eagles put Adams through a workout earlier this month.If the Eagles are looking for safety help on the trade market, there’s this guy available named Earl Thomas. I’m sure you’ve probably never heard of him but he’s pretty good. He’d also be pretty expensive to acquire in terms of draft pick compensation. We’ll have to wait and see what the Eagles end up choosing for their replacement strategy. For now, it really sucks that McLeod is done for the year not even four games into the season. NFL insider Chris Mortensen shared a couple scoops about the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown show this morning.
(Hat tip to BGN alumnus Jimmy Kempski for first noticing.)First Authentic Jalen Mills Jersey , Mort gave a little more insight regarding newly acquired Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate.Always great to hear that the franchise quarterback is happy. I’m sure Wentz will appreciate Tate’s elite ability to get yards after the catch. But it sounds like Tate wasn’t the Eagles’ original target. Mort said the Eagles originally went after New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson.Anderson would’ve been an ideal acquisition for the Eaglse due to his deep speed. The Temple alumnus runs a 4.34 40-yard dash and owns a career 15.1 yards per reception. Anderson, who turned 25 in May, also would’ve made more long-term sense for Philadelphia given that he’s young and easily retainable due to his restricted free agent status following this season. But alas, the Jets were not willing to deal Anderson prior to the NFL’s trade deadline on Tuesday. The Eagles’ rumored interest in speedsters won’t surprise anyone; Philadelphia has been lacking in the big play department this season. One does have to wonder what the Eagles’ serious interest in field-stretching receivers means for the status of injured players such as Mack Hollins and Mike Wallace. Both players are eligible to return to the active roster this season but it remains to be seen if it’ll happen for sure. We’ll see.For now, the Eagles will be relying on Tate as a new weapon in their passing attack.