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Eagles' Darby out for the season with ACL tear

November 12, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Things went from bad to worse on Monday for the Eagles, as head coach Doug Pederson announced that cornerback Ronald Darby will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL tear. 

The news of Darby's injury comes one day after the team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. 

Here are some takeaways on the injury and what it means for the Eagles going forward:

** Although Darby was not playing at a high level this season, his loss is still a big one for a secondary that was already dealing with multiple injuries. It is possible that the Eagles will go into New Orleans next Sunday without both of their starting cornerbacks if Jalen Mills is out, and all three of their starters if Sidney Jones misses another game. The poor showing the secondary had on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboy could only be a taste of what is it to come next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. 

** As for who might take Darby's spot, Pederson mentioned Sidney Jones as the first option if he is able to play. Seeing Jones on the outside, as opposed to nickel, might be the one bright spot in this injury for the Eagles. Jones projected as a better outside cornerback than a nickel cornerback coming out of Washington. 

** Darby's ACL injury could mean he has played his final game in an Eagles' uniform. Darby is set to become a free agent his upcoming offseason, and even before the injury, it appeared unlikely that he was going to be back due to the money he was probably going to command on the open market. Although his contract will now drop, the Eagles likely won't go into next season counting on Darby to be a starter on the outside. 

** If Darby's time with the Eagles is indeed over, his two years with the team will be a mixed bag. On one hand, he was a starter on a Super Bowl winning team. On the other hand, Darby will end up missing 15 games over his two seasons in an Eagles' uniform due to two major injuries. His play when he has been on the field has been extremely up-and-down, with arguably far more bad than good. The Eagles' decision to give up a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, despite winning the Super Bowl, does not seem like it will end up being a good use of a valuable resource. 

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