Tears streamed down the face of Max Jean-Gilles as the Eagles’ right guard left the field on a slow-moving cart.
Just 12 seconds from halftime, Jean-Gilles was blocking as Donovan McNabb scrambled, a flag down for holding on center Jamaal Jackson. Cardinals linebacker Chike Okeafor tried to dive at McNabb’s heels and missed, instead plowing into the back of Jean-Gilles’ right leg, bending him backward. It looked very much like a broken ankle, and that was what was announced, early in the second half.
Coach Andy Reid said after the game that Jean-Gillies would have surgery, although no date was set. He said the injury was similar to what Shawn Andrews suffered in the season opener in 2004. Andrews broke his fibula and had season-ending surgery.
Jean-Gilles, a fourth-round draft pick two years ago, stepped into the lineup Week 2, when Andrews went down with a back injury that eventually required surgery. Jean-Gilles was replaced last night by Nick Cole.
Andrews has finally returned from California, but it is unclear whether he will be able to play this season. If he can't, the Eagles might have to make a roster move on their offensive line. Fourth-round rookie Mike McGlynn has not been active for an NFL game yet.