The first bad news of the 2019 season has hit home for the Philadelphia Eagles. Promising young cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc will be sidelined potentially until November as he recovers from a Lisfranc sprain, according to NBC Sports’ Derrick Gunn. LeBlanc was mysteriously absent at practice earlier this week before Eagles defensive coordinator revealed the 25-year-old had a foot injury. It appears the ailment is a lot worse than the initial prognosis.
Gunn cited sources and explained the injury may even be season-ending, depending on the severity of it:
Cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc has a Lisfranc sprain, according to league sources. It’s the same type of injury Jalen Mills suffered in 2018, which required season-ending surgery. In LeBlanc’s case, he will not require surgery. The Eagles are hoping to have LeBlanc back by mid-to-late September, but because every player heals differently, there’s a possibility he could be out until November.
LeBlanc hasn’t been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he already participated in one training camp practice. The team will have to carry the injured cornerback on the 53-man roster unless they want to place him on injured reserve. The news shouldn’t comes as a complete shock to those paying attention to the Eagles. They recently added veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick to the roster to add depth.
LeBlanc Was a Stud for the Eagles
LeBlanc, a former undrafted free agent, has already handled the ultimate pressure cooker when he picked off Drew Brees on the first snap in their divisional-round playoff matchup. LeBlanc was signed with low expectations, claimed off waivers more out of necessity than need. He also showed great promise down the stretch and played 77 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps.
According to Pro Football Focus, LeBlanc finished the season allowing just 1.02 yards per every snap in slot coverage while grading out as their top-rated cornerback. The 24-year-old has been putting in extra time this offseason in the gym, too. He was seen running alongside Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown.
He considers himself a religious man and never questioned his own ability, especially not in the face of adversity. It was a year ago that he was cut and waived by the Detroit Lions and only found a home in Philadelphia because then-assistant GM Joe Douglas believed in him.
“You can’t be down on yourself for too long in this league – things are going to happen,” LeBlanc told The Inquirer. “You’re going to get hurt, you’re going to get released. That’s just the business part of it. You’ve got to still hold your head high, still have faith in the man above. I would say he won’t bring you this far to leave you.”
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