Jason Kelce’s reaction to Isaac Seumalo’s injury does not indicate a promising prognosis
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Eagles lost more than a game on Monday night.
As bad and embarrassing as a 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was, things got worse with just under four minutes left when left guard Isaac Seumalo was swept away by what has been described as a foot injury.
Nick Sirianni did not provide an update after the game against Seumalo, pushing things back to Wednesday, when the head coach will take the floor after the coach gets all the information he needs from his roster and its medical staff.
Veteran center Jason Kelce, however, foreshadowed a bad endgame when he got very emotional when talking about a player he has always described as underrated and undervalued.
“It was tough,” Kelce said of the injury. He’s a guy who’s been really underrated for a long time.
At this point, Kelce, a tough guy, couldn’t keep his eyes from racing a bit as he spoke of his friend and teammate and took nearly a minute for him to pull himself together before responding to her. a question about his emotions when he saw Seumalo left.
“He does a lot for our [offensive line] room, our unit is a special player, a special person, ”Kelce said. “He’s having a great year and I know he’s going to bounce back and be a great player again, but yeah, it was hard to see him come off the pitch.”
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The Eagles suffered historic attrition on the offensive line in 2020, using an NFL record with 14 different units in 16 games. Seumalo himself missed seven games with an MCL sprain.
This season, Philadelphia has already lost right guard Brandon Brooks with a strained pec in Week 2 against San Francisco, and starting left tackle Jordan Mailata sprained his knee in practice Thursday.
The good news is that Brooks, who is currently in the injured reserve, and Mailata will be back this season, the latter as soon as possible.
Nate Herbig, who started 12 games last season replacing Brooks and Seumalo with injury, came on Monday to finish the game at left guard.
Rookie Landon Dickerson started for Brooks at RG against the Cowboys and 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard was for Mailata.
“That’s the deal,” Kelce said of the bad luck. “It’s the sport, especially the offensive line. It’s a physical stance, man. Bodies are falling all over the place. What are they saying, the injury rate in the NFL is 100%?
“… I think Stout [OL coach Jeff Stoutland] does a terrific job and part of that is due to his time in college and the need to develop players so that the guys can come in and play in the game and be ready.
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Kelce, meanwhile, has been an ironman, entering his 108th straight game on Monday night, which is the longest active streak among NFL centers and the longest of all OCs in Philadelphia since the 1970 merger.
“Obviously I would like Brandon, Isaac and Jordan to be healthy, but you don’t understand that,” the center said. “You get what you get and I’m happy to go with the guys I have there. This is an opportunity to go play ball together, watch the tape, improve and prepare for the Chiefs [next week]. “
As for Seumalo, Kelce said the Eagles had lost “a very smart player” and “a very detailed player”.
“Each has their own personality and traits that make them unique,” Kelce said. “You can tell it means a lot to him. He sacrifices himself and does his best to improve other players and help other players. No man is an island, you must draw your strength for others.
“He’s a guy who never really got the credit we owe him for how good he really is as a player, as a teammate. I felt like he was finally getting it this year.
–John McMullen contributes to the Eagles’ coverage for SI.com’s EagleMaven and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You can listen to John, alongside legendary sports chat host Jody McDonald, every morning from 8am to 10am on “Birds 365”, broadcast live on PhillyVoice.com and YouTube. John is also the host of his own show “Extending the Play” on AM1490 in South Jersey. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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