The Philadelphia Eagles managed to overturn a half-time deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars to ensure a winning start to their 2014 NFL season.
They did so without starting guard Evan Mathis however, with the offensive powerhouse going down early Sunday afternoon with a worrying knee injury that saw him ruled out of the game before the end of the second quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles fans were quick to fear the worst, and with Mathis in for an MRI scan Monday and rumors swirling that the 2013 Pro Bowler may have suffered an ACL injury you can understand why what with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin missing all of the 2013 season for that very reason.
But Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had some positive news when he gave reporters an update on the Mathis situation Monday.
"From what I understand, it's not a (Jeremy Maclin) situation where Evan is done for the year," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Kelly as saying.
"We just need to weather the storm."
Time out expected
While it is positive news that Mathis has potential to return before the end of the Eagles' 2014 regular-season his injury still looked serious enough to rule him out for a substantial period of time.
The Inquirer notes that Mathis may well have suffered an MCL injury for instance, which, whilst preferable to an ACL, will still mean the guard is out of action for a while yet.
Add to that the fact that stand in right tackle Allen Barbre, himself deputising for Lane Johnson, picked up an injury in the Jaguars W and the Philadelphia Eagles certainly have some re-organizing to do going into the next couple of weeks.
The Philadelphia Eagles managed to recover from a faltering start against Jacksonville, recording their own piece of NFL history in the process.
As NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt revealed, the Eagles' 34-17 win was the first time that a team has come back to record a W having been trailing by 17-0 or more at the half.
34 points in the final two quarters ensured Eagles fans were cheering rather than booing by the game's end, and they will be hoping for more good news to cheer in the near future regarding their injured personnel.
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