It has been confirmed Philadelphia Eagles JaCorey Shepherd has been diagnosed with a ACL tear after undergoing an MRI scan.
The sixth-round rookie from Kansas was due to replace ex-Eagle Brandon Boykin, who has been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the cornerback position alongside Byron Maxwell. It now looks like he could be out for the entire season.
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The injury occurred when the cornerback collided with running back Darren Sproles. Sproles told the Philly.com about the incident: "I kind of braced myself and I heard him holler and I don't know what happened. I don't know.
"You don't want nobody to go down. We're all a team. We're going to need everybody now."
The plan for the Eagles is now to play 2014 fourth-round pick Jaylen Watkins in the position. The original plan was to rotate the two at nickel cornerback, but now that's out of the window and depth in the position is a real concern.
There doesn't appear to be a lot of oppositions left in the free agency for the Eagles to pick up a reasonable starting cornerback (unless they find a way to convince Ike Taylor out of retirement, highly implausible). It may be a case of finding a squad filler just in case any more injuries occur.
The Eagles struggled in their passing defence last season and this is another incident that does more harm than good. Things looked on the up when they signed Maxwell, but now it appears everything is back at square one.
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