Eagles' defensive casualty list

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Omar Gaither is out for the season because of a Lisfranc sprain of his left foot. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Through 10 games, the Eagles defense already has had eight starters and key substitutes (nickel linebacker or nickel or dime cornerback) miss a total of 28 games due to injury/suspension. Through 10 games last year, the defense didn't have a single starter or key sub miss a game. A games-missed breakdown of the Eagles' 2009 defense:

MLB Stewart Bradley: 10, knee

LDE Victor Abiamiri: 3, knee

SLB Chris Gocong: 1, quad & hamstring

WLB Akeem Jordan: 2, knee

FS Macho Harris: 1 ankle

MLB Omar Gaither: 7, foot

CB Joselio Hanson: 2, suspended

CB Ellis Hobbs: 2, neck/spine

 

Hanging tough

 

Despite all of its injury problems, the Eagles' defense still has managed to hold eight of its first 10 opponents to 20 or fewer points and is ranked eighth in the league in yards allowed and second in sacks and takeaways.

A look at how this year's unit measures up to last year's after 10 games, along with their respective league rankings (in parentheses):

2009:

Points/Game: 20.4 (13)

Yards/Game: 305.1 (8)

Yards/Rush: 3.91 (6)

Pass Yds./Att.: 6.43 (1)

Completion Pct.: 60.5 (15)

Passing TD: 15 (19)

Sacks: 30 (2)

Takeaways: 23 (2)

Third Down Pct.: 33.1 (3)

2008:

Points/Game: 17.3, (8)

Yards/Game: 292.6 (7)

Yards/Rush: 3.57 (6)

Pass Yds./Att.: 6.50 (6)

Completion Pct.: 56.4 (4)

Passing TD: 13 (14)

Sacks: 36 (1)

Takeaways: 18 (5)

Third Down Pct.: 33.1 (4)