On the first day of spring workouts, the Eagles have already lost a player for the season.
Veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow collided with a teammate during a 7-on-7 red zone drill on Tuesday and the news isn’t good.
Worrilow is out for the season, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN and NFL Network first reported Worrilow’s season was over.
Based on Worrilow’s reaction earlier in the day, that’s not much of a surprise. As soon as Worrilow went down after colliding with Corey Nelson on the pass to Donnel Pumphrey, Worrilow clutched at his right knee and began to pound his fist on the ground.
The entire NovaCare Complex’s practice bubble became silent while players took a knee and waited for the cart to arrive after the music was turned down almost completely. Worrilow’s right leg was stabilized by an aircast as he was helped onto the cart.
Worrilow, 28, was signed to a one-year deal worth $790,000 this offseason. He was brought in to provide some depth.
Worrilow, a Wilmington, Delaware, native, started 43 games for the Falcons from 2013-15 before becoming a rotational player for Atlanta in 2016 and then the Lions last year. He started eight games in Detroit in 2017.
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A 43-game starter in his first three NFL seasons with the Falcons, Worrilow has fallen into a rotational role the past two years. He was ostensibly brought in to provide insurance at middle linebacker with starter Jordan Hicks recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
In 13 games last season, he recorded 30 combined tackles, one pass defended and one fumble recovery. He totaled 270 combined tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles during his first two years in the league.
It’s a tough blow not just to the Eagles’ depth but also Worrilow from a personal standpoint. The Wilmington, Delaware, native was looking forward to getting a chance to play close to home.
“For me, Philly was the place I wanted to get to,” Worrilow told Philly.com’s Paul Domowitch last month. “I used to drive by the stadium as a kid all the time. You look out and see the Linc. That’s where I wanted to play. It’s nice to be home. Nice to be around my family.’”