Much like last week’s game against San Francisco, the Eagles not only suffered a loss on the field, but they lost a key starter to injury against the Cowboys this week.
According to Derrick Gunn, starting left guard Isaac Seumalo appears to have broken a few bones in his foot during Monday’s contest in Dallas. His season, according to Gunn, may very well be over.
Terrible news for an already battered offensive line, obviously.
With Brandon Brooks out for at least half the season and Jordan Mailata week-to-week, the last thing this team could afford was another injury up front. Seumalo is easily the most overlooked lineman on the Eagles roster. Without him, the starting group is not an elite unit.
On the year, Seumalo has posted an overall grade of 71.7 on PFF, 15th-best among all guards in the league. He’s also recorded an impressive pass-block grade of 82.9 and a respectable run-block grade of 71.4 for the year. On 109 pass blocking snaps, Seumalo has only surrendered one quarterback pressure. No sacks or quarterback hits given up in 2021.
His replacement will likely be Nate Herbig, who got the nod once Seumalo was carted off the field Monday night. The third-year guard played 19 total snaps against Dallas, 18 of them being passing plays, and he allowed two quarterback hurries and two quarterback pressures in those snaps. His pass-blocking grade for the night came out to 34.9 on PFF.
There’s no sugar coating it, the Eagles are depleted along the offensive line for the second year in a row. The depth behind the starters needs to step up or it’s going to be another long season for this Eagles offense.
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