#Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in practice today, sources say. That’s not the best news but also not the worst for the projected starter who has been impressive of late. He’ll likely miss some regular-season time but should be back relatively early.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 3, 2019
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Eagles’ starting linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill will be sidelined with a Grade 3 MCL Sprain. Kamu came off the field with an apparent knee injury and was then carted off the field. Kamu was able to walk inside on his own power. According to David J. Chao (former NFL head team doc for 17+ years for the Chargers), this could sideline Kamu for 6-8 weeks, meaning that he would miss the start of the season. The Eagles have some decisions to make regarding the linebacker position.
This is a huge blow for the Eagles and for Kamu. Grugier-Hill was having a really good training camp, making plays every day. Linebacker is one of thinnest positions on this team. People forget that other starting linebacker Nigel Bradham is still recovering from surgery on his toe this offseason. Also, Paul Worrilow is considered “week to week” with a setback from his ACL injury he suffered a year ago. The Eagles could be without their two starting linebackers for week one.
This leaves the names of Zach Brown, L.J Fort, Nate Gerry, T.J Edwards, and Alex Singleton. I would expect to see Brown, Fort, and Gerry take the majority of the first team reps. Don’t be surprised to even see UDFA T.J Edwards get some first team reps. Many believed he was a “steal” from the UDFA class and now is the perfect time to earn a roster spot. Edwards has played well in camp. Thursday’s first game of the preseason will be a big test for him.
The Eagles could look to sign a linebacker from free agency, but there aren’t really any noticeable ones left. It would also be pretty late for a player to join the team. The Eagles aren’t just losing a starting Linebacker in Kamu, they’re also losing an emergency backup kicker as well. This is very unfortunate for the Eagles and Kamu, but it will tell us and them just how talented the rest of these linebackers are.