Second year cornerback Avonte Maddox had to be stretchered off the field on Thursday night after taking a vicious friendly fire hit from safety Andrew Sendejo. He was able to fly back to Philadelphia on the team plane and avoided serious injury.
According to Ian Rapoport, Maddox will be listed as week-to-week with a sprained neck:
#Eagles CB Avonte Maddox was diagnosed with a neck sprain, source said. He’s considered week-to-week, so he likely misses a few games. This stemmed from the friendly fire hit on Thursday night against the #Packers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2019
Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Cre’Von LeBlanc were already not available for this game, then the Eagles lost both Maddox and Sidney Jones, leaving Rasul Douglas and Craig James out there for the final two plays.
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was asked about Maddox and the secondary situation at his press conference a short time ago and had this to say:
Q. How is CB Avonte Maddox doing? (Tim McManus)
JIM SCHWARTZ: I’m sort of the wrong person to ask about injuries and stuff like that, but it was good to have him back on the plane after the game. Talked to him for a little bit. He’s in a good frame of mind. Hopefully we’ll get him back soon.
Q. What’s your cornerback depth for this weekend if Maddox, Jones and CB Ronald Darby can’t play? (Martin Frank)
JIM SCHWARTZ: TBD. I mean, that’s where we are. It is to be determined. We’re still only a few days after the game. I don’t know calendar-wise if today is Monday or today is a Thursday. The Thursday games sort of screw your calendar up as a coach and guys coming back.
But we have a long time until Sunday. We’ll figure it out over the course of this week, and get the guys out there that are healthy enough to play, and expect them to play well.
Q. How do you think Maddox was playing before he went down? (Les Bowen)
JIM SCHWARTZ: Well, he got thrown into the corner position, so that was something that he hasn’t practiced since training camp. Made a couple plays. Gave up a couple plays. Probably about the way you’d expect. But Avonte is a good player. We have a lot of confidence in him.
Q. What can you expect from CB Orlando Scandrick coming back now after not playing for the first few weeks? (Dave Zangaro)
JIM SCHWARTZ: The thing that was good about him is we did have him in camp, and even though he wasn’t part of our 53 in that first week, he had all those built-up reps in camp. So a lot of times, I get up here and say it’s not just learning what to do, it’s just putting it in our terminology or this or that, trying to get in shape if he had not been in training camp. But he was in training camp. He knows our system. That’s one of the reasons we brought him back. It’s one of the reasons we had him in training camp. So we would expect him to be up to speed if he’s called upon. There’s not going to be any start-up time for him.
Seems like a really iffy situation heading into the weekend, but it’s an incredibly favorable matchup against likely a backup quarterback at Lincoln Financial Field. As of right now, your three healthy cornerbacks are Rasul Douglas, Craig James, and Orlando Scandrick.
Perhaps the Eagles make a trade for a certain Jaguar corner?
We shall see…