Eagles coach Doug Pederson says starting linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the season after being injured in Monday’s 34-24 win over Washington. Hicks ruptured his right Achilles tendon.
Hicks is a top playmaker on defense. He has seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 31 games. Hicks appeared in just two plays Monday before being carted off the field with the season-ending injury, which will require surgery.
Hicks appeared to get his foot stuck in the grass and went down while attempting to cover Redskins tight end Vernon Davis on a 31-yard gain with 14:21 remaining in the first quarter. Already thin at linebacker due to Mychal Kendricks being inactive with a hamstring injury, Joe Walker immediately replaced Hicks in the middle of the Eagles’ defense.
It’s expected that Hicks will be placed on injured reserve later this week, likely paving the way for Najee Goode to enter the starting lineup on a full-time basis. Hicks, a valuable three-down player who excelled in coverage, will finish his third NFL campaign with 28 tackles and one fumble recovery in seven games.
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Injuries have become a major issue in Hicks’ young career. The 25-year-old saw a promising rookie campaign cut short in 2015 after he was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral.
While he hasn’t missed any full games, he’s dealt with injuries again in 2017 and been forced to leave multiple games early, making this latest setback a concern.
Hicks has the opportunity to become a game-changer for the Eagles, but only if he can remain on the field.