Jordan Hicks left a game early for the third time this season, and this one is more concerning than the previous two.
The Eagles linebacker was carted off the field Monday night against the Washington Redskins with what the Eagles said was a right ankle injury, after the second play of the game. Hicks needed to be carried off the field and then was evaluated by the medical staff before a cart came to the take him to the locker room. He gave the crowd a thumbs up as he left, but he was soon declared out for the game.
A source with knowledge of the situation said Hicks suffered a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that almost certainly will end his season.
Hicks was questionable with a calf injury that caused him to leave the Eagles' Week 6 game against Carolina early. Hicks said that injury occurred because he compensated for an ankle injury that had been bothering him. He left the Week 3 game against the Giants with an ankle injury. Hicks was limited at two practices leading up to Monday's game and hinted that he wasn't fully healthy but wanted to play.
"Is anybody 100 percent right now?" Hicks said Saturday. "Seven games in?"
The Eagles were already thin at linebacker on Monday, with Mychal Kendricks out. They used Najee Goode and Joe Walker as replacements for Hicks, who has battled injuries throughout his career.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks was a surprise inactive player on Monday because of a hamstring injury. Kendricks was limited in practice only one day last week and it sounded as if he would play. His absence, combined with Hicks' injury, forced the Eagles to go down the depth chart at position. Kendricks is playing well this season, highlighted by a 15-tackle performance against Carolina.
Cornerback Ronald Darby was inactive, as expected. Darby has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury. He's getting closer to returning, but is not ready yet.
The other inactive players were wide receiver Shelton Gibson, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, and offensive lineman Chance Warmack. Isaac Seumalo was active on Warmack, which was a change from recent weeks.
Rookie linebacker Nate Gerry was active in his debut. He was promoted from the practice squad on Thursday.
As usual, Malcolm Jenkins thrust his fist into the air during the "Star-Spangled Banner," accompanied by fellow Eagles safety Rodney McLeod. Chris Long draped his arm around Jenkins in support.
This time, though, behind the main line of Eagles facing the flag, Rasul Douglas, Jaylen Watkins, Sidney Jones and another player, who was wearing a sweatsuit, linked arms.
Former Eagles kicker David Akers entered the franchise's Hall of Fame on Monday night. Akers, who played 12 seasons for the Eagles, is the Eagles' all-time leader in regular-season (188) and postseason games played (19). …Former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos attended Monday's game. Dorenbos underwent open-heart surgery last month.