The Philadelphia Eagles will be crossing their fingers this afternoon after one of Chip Kelly's potential starters was carted off the field during practice on Sunday.
Rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was the man in question, the former Kansas star leaving the field with a suspected injury to his right leg.
At time of writing it is unclear just how serious the issue is but, considering Shepherd has been handed a prominent role in the Eagles secondary since the team traded away Brandon Boykin to the Steelers, Philly will be hoping it looked worse than it is.
The injury, according to those who witnessed it, occurred when the young cornerback collided with veteran running back Darren Sproles.
Shepherd only arrived at the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft but looks set for a prominent role in this his rookie campaign. The Texas native had been starting as the franchise's nickel corner during training camp.
Indeed, JaCorey Shepherd has been earning positive reviews from those keeping a close eye on Eagles camp thus far. Clearly, with Boykin having been sent on his way, the Philadelphia staff have been impressed with the rookie, too.
Philadelphia as a whole struggled hugely against the pass in 2014, and with their secondary amongst the many areas to have been overhauled by Kelly and his staff this summer, this type of injury is the last thing they need as they prepare for the start of pre-season games.
As a rookie, they would have been hoping to allow Shepherd to gain some valuable experience in the warm up games before he makes his NFL bow but that appears uncertain at this time.
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