Eagles place Todd Herremans on IR, another setback for offensive line
Late in the first quarter of Monday’s 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Todd Herremans broke his cuboid bone, and sustained three other fractures as well as damage to the ligament upon landing in an awkwardly on his right foot.
Subsequently, the Philadelphia Eagles promoted interior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde from the practice squad to the open roster spot on Wednesday.
Starting right tackle Todd Herremans is the third Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman to sustain a season-ending injury this year. Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro left tackle Jason Peter was sidelined after rupturing his Achilles tendon twice during the offseason and was replaced by 5th-year offensive tackle King Dunlap. Center Jason Kelce went down with a torn MCL in Week 2, abruptly ending his second season in the league. Dallas Reynold has since filled in at Jason Kelce’s spot.
More recently, right guard Danny Watkins sat out the last two games with a sprained ankle, and is indefinitely out. The Philadelphia Eagles replaced him with rookie Dennis Kelly.
Left guard Evan Mathis remains the Philadelphia Eagles’ sole starter from the projected offensive line. Evan Mathis called the piling injuries on the offensive line “a very frustrating thing to deal with” for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I've never seen anything like this,'' Evan Mathis said regarding the hits to the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line. “We've had some pretty bad luck on the offensive line…I'm the only guy left standing.”
The Philadelphia Eagles will be going in with an increasingly patched-up offensive line in next weeks’ home game against the Dallas Cowboys. But after the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line allowed 27 sacks (fourth highest in league) on the starting quarterback, including seven on Monday’s game, and total 71 hits so far this season, Michael Vick could find it even harder to pass the ball.
“It doesn't matter who's in there, we have to protect Mike a lot better than that,'' stated Evan Mathis. “When Mike has the time he's one of the best in the league and we have to find a way to get him that time.”
In other offensive line moves, the Philadelphia Eagles swapped the places of starting tackles Demetress Bell and King Dunlap.
Left tackle Demetress Bell filled in at right tackle for Todd Herremans during the New Orleans Saints game while King Dunlap, played at left tackle.
Although Dennis Kelly was listed as Todd Herremans’ replacement on the depth chart, the Philadelphia Eagles opted for Demetress Bell since Kelly was already filling in for Danny Watkins.
But the Philadelphia Eagles restored Demetress Bell to his former position given he is “more comfortable on the left,” and King Dunlap to the right since he packs experience playing both sides.
Now with Julian Vandervelde on the active roster, Dennis Kelly becomes the Philadelphia Eagles’ top backup tackle. If Demetress Bell or King Dunlap were to be sidelined with an injury, Dennis Kelly would be shifted outside while Julian Vandervelde would move to his spot.