The Eagles earned a potentially season-saving win Thursday night with their 34-27 victory over the Packers. It came with a huge cost.
Cornerback Avonte Maddox left the field on a stretcher in a scary moment. The second-year player collided with teammate Andrew Sendejo with less than a minute remaining in the game in a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit. Maddox lay motionless on the turf for an extended period with an apparent concussion. Both benches cleared in support of the injured Eagle.
On Friday morning, Maddox updated everyone on his status. He is recovering nicely and feeling better. The Eagles confirmed the cornerback suffered a concussion and has a neck injury. The team didn’t provide a timetable for a return as he undergoes further testing and evaluation.
Maddox, a fourth-round pick in 2018, was supposed to be a breakout star this year. He serves primarily as the team’s nickel cornerback but was forced into playing on the outside Thursday after starter Sidney Jones went down with a hamstring injury. The Eagles had no update on Jones’ status.
“I’ll say this, I am going to meet with the medical team this afternoon because of the lateness of coming back, so I don’t have any updates yet,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters.
According to NJ Advance Media, Fletcher Cox said he told Maddox to give a thumbs up to “let his mom know” he was OK.
“Once he started moving around we knew he was at least a little good,” teammate Malcolm Jenkins said. “So I was cracking jokes just to make him laugh. He laughed. A lot, actually.”
Eagles Expecting Big Things From Maddox
The Eagles had been expecting big things out of Avonte Maddox this season on the field. The second-year cornerback posted an epic Instagram photo before Week 1 showing himself wearing a translucent Eagles jersey, with the Philly skyline bleeding through in the background.
You can vividly see City Hall, the George Washington statue in front of the Art Museum and lush parts of Fairmount Park. Instantly, fans and teammates suggested a clothing manufacturer should put it on a T-shirt.
Maddox, a player projected as a breakout star by Pro Football Focus, started the year as the team’s nickel corner. He had an impressive training camp and preseason, quickly earning the trust of the coaching staff. Against the Packers, Maddox was filling in on the outside for injured starter Sidney Jones.
Maddox finished first in coverage snaps per reception allowed, second in yards allowed per coverage snap, and fourth in passer rating when targeted. In his first career start, against the potent Rams’ offense, he gave up just one catch for eight yards on six targets.
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