The Philadelphia Eagles, battling to turn around their fortunes after a difficult start to the 2015 season, have had some unfortunate luck on the injury front early in the campaign.
DeMarco Murray missed out on the franchise's first win of the season on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and fellow big-name offseason arrival, Kiko Alonso, is currently sidelined with an ACL issue.
And now Philly has lost a 2014 Pro Bowler for the remainder of 2015 after they confirmed second-year kicker Cody Parkey has been placed on the IR list with a groin injury.
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The news comes as something of a surprise considering Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had suggested the groin issue wasn't a serious long-term concern.
Parkey, after arriving in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, was something of a revelation during his rookie year. The 23-year-old scored 150 points for the Eagles (an NFL record for a rookie) and his exploits made him the third most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Although he hadn't been quite so accurate in 2015 - Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal vs the Falcons in week one - losing a player in a position they believed was settled and producing well will be a blow for the Eagles.
As reported by CSNPhilly.com, Chip Kelly is expected to bring in former Miami Dolphins placekicker Caleb Sturgis as his replacement.
Sturgis was released by the Dolphins earlier this year after managing only a 77.5 percent kicking accuracy during two years in South Florida.
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