Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby gets carted off the field during a game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 10, 2017 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Free use photo from wikimedia commons.

The Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. He may be months recovered from surgery, but there is still no clear timetable as for when he may return. 

If Darby is placed on the PUP (physically unable to perform), he will still count against the team’s 90-man roster. The Eagles will have until Week 1 to activate him from PUP. If Darby is still on the list past Week 1, he will be forced to stay out of action until at least Week 6. 



The Philadelphia Eagles recently re-signed Darby to a one year deal back in the free agency period. Darby’s injury and return will be one of many storylines to watch out for come the start of training camp. It is a storyline that has a bunch of ripple effects. One of them being the very competitive cornerback rotation. 

It will be very interesting to see how the cornerback rotation plays out come Week 1. Darby was expected to be the Philadelphia Eagles’ best cornerback. But a lot could change. The possible emergence of Sidney Jones or the continued growth of Avonte Maddox could factor heavily into the defensive back rotation as well. You also can’t forget about Jalen Mills and his return. Mills suffered a foot injury in Week 8 of this past season.

Only time will tell how this Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary looks. It is a very young and competitive group of guys.