Report: Eagles Jordan Mailata Unlikely to Play Monday Night Against Cowboys

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (68) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Well this certainly isn’t good.

Bad news on the injury front for the Eagles, as all indications are pointing to starting left-tackle Jordan Mailata missing Monday night’s primetime matchup against the Dallas Cowboys with a sprained MCL. He reportedly sprained his knee yesterday during practice.

Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network said it was likely that Andre Dillard will be starting in his stead. It likely won’t be a long-term absence, but it’s still not good news for a team that’s suddenly dealing with a bevy of injuries.

Why can’t we ever enjoy anything in Philadelphia? It’s a huge blow for the offensive line and the offense in general, as Mailata had played at an extraordinarily high level through the first two weeks of the season, putting an end to any doubt that he could serve as the team’s left tackle of the present and future. PFF rated Mailata as the highest performing offensive lineman in football during week 2.

Unless Mailata rallies over the weekend, the Eagles should be down three potential starters going into Monday night. Brandon Graham will be out of the year after tearing his Achilles, Brandon Brooks was just placed on the IR with a pectoral strain and should miss several week, and Mailata will miss at least one game.

To say Dillard, the 22nd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, has not performed up to expectations in his career thus far is an understatement. He started four games at left tackle his rookie season and didn’t flash the potential you’d usually see out of such a highly regarded pick. He was slated to be the started left tackle in 2020, but suffered a torn bicep in the preseason and missed the entire year.

Nick Sirianni opened camp this year and declared Mailata and Dillard would compete for the spot, but as was reported from several outlets the competition was never close. Dillard underwhelmed and Mailata was brilliant, winning the position and then being awarded with a four year, $64 million contract earlier this month.

Hopefully Dillard can show why the Eagles invested such a high draft pick on him Monday night.