I told you that keeping Sam Bradford, Ryan Mathews, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks healthy were the keys to this season and before the Eagles could all even get to training camp one of those four is injured. Mathews, who I believe may be able to improve the team more than any of the others, is already down with an ankle injury.
He reported yesterday but won’t be practicing until his ankle gets better. He was put on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.
I know guys get hurt, but how do you hurt your ankle getting ready for training camp.
Chip Kelly used to say everybody gets hurt in the NFL. I disagree. I believe some guys get hurt more than others. I don’t think there’s any question that Mathews should labeled as injury-prone.
He’ll definitely be back from this injury, but there’s no reason to think that he won’t go down again. It’s one of the reasons I feel backup running backs Wendell Smallwood is going to get a lot of playing time in his rookie season. Of course veteran Darren Sproles is still around, but he only has a certain number of times he can touch the ball in a game, that’s why I see Smallwood playing quite a bit in his rookie season and Kenjon Barner could play a great deal as well.
That’s reason for concern because young players usually make some mistakes.
Let’s make it very clear, Mathews was a first round pick for the Chargers and he went to the Pro Bowl twice but they let him walk because he gets hurt too much. He’s a stud of a player. Think about the way he took off on that long touchdown run against the Carolina Panthers. He’s got that home run hitting speed and he’s built like a monster. He would still be in San Diego if he didn’t get injured all the time. How can the Eagles count on him if he gets hurt all the time? The bottom line is, THEY CAN’T!!!
Mathews was walking slowly, but no noticeable limp heading into NovaCare earlier. pic.twitter.com/1g8UJLJCUt
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 27, 2016