The Philadelphia Eagles will be without linebacker Nakobe Dean for the foreseeable future and could be without cornerback James Bradberry for their home opener on Thursday.
Dean has been sidelined with a foot injury, while Bradberry has entered the league’s concussion protocol, head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed Monday following the Eagles 25-20 season-opening win over the New England Patriots. Dean is slated to miss the next few weeks due to his injury, while Bradberry’s status for Thursday’s home opener against Minnesota remains undetermined.
Dean suffered the injury in third quarter after making seven tackles in his first-career NFL start. Christian Elliss replaced Dean in the game while Zach Cunningham is also an off-ball linebacker on the Eagles defense.
“Just thankful that it’s not longer than that because these things can be worse. Just thankful that it’s not a season-ending injury,” Sirianni said.
Josh Jobe replaced Bradberry following his injury and could be an option to start opposite Darius Slay at the cornerback position. Jobe, who is in his second season with the Eagles, played at the University of Alabama, winning a National Championship in 2020.
“We have a lot of confidence in Josh; that’s why he’s made our roster the last two years,” Sirianni said.
The Eagles will try and limit Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Jefferson registered 150 yards on nine catches in Minnesota’s 20-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.