The Eagles may have beaten the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 on Sunday, but at what cost to the offense?
With Jeremy Maclin already out for likely a week or two and King Dunlap’s status uncertain, the unit was already reeling. Now there is the news that center Jason Kelce, who played very well in Howard Mudd’s system last season, will likely miss the remainder of the season due to the knee injury he suffered in the third quarter.
since my report at 6pm on sportsnite… 5 more sources confirming..,kelce done for the season…huge loss., and a class guy
— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) September 17, 2012
Kelce was injured when Ed Reed missed a tackle on a LeSean McCoy run; after whiffing, Reed collided with Kelce’s knee and caused the knee injury which clearly left Kelce in a lot of pain. He is set to receive an MRI tomorrow, which will likely reveal the extent of his injuries, but as Gunn mentioned, team doctors already believe it to be season-ending.
Dallas Reynolds filled in for Kelce on Sunday against Baltimore, and barring a surprise free agent signing, he is their starter at center for the rest of the year. While he made the roster for good reason, he is a serious downgrade from Kelce and certainly will need time to gel with the first-string offense. It’ll be a setback and it’s one that the offensive line certainly didn’t need after a shaky start to the 2012 season.