Adversity caused by injuries is not rare for a football team to endure. During phase two of OTAs, it’s a little more rare. Unless you are the Los Angeles Chargers. On Tuesday that’s just what happened for the Philadelphia Eagles who lost a linebacker for the season just hours after cutting one.
Mychal Kendricks actually gets cut
On Tuesday, May 22 the Philadelphia Eagles released linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks was a valuable asset last season in which he played 60 percent of the defensive snaps. However, this season Kendricks would not have played nearly as much. He was the odd man out at the linebacker rotation when going to the Eagles’ favored nickel defense. This means he wouldn’t have seen the field all too much.
Last season he played so much because Jordan Hicks went down with a season-ending Achilles tear. However, Hicks is returning and Kendricks was going to make $7.6 million this season. That is a sizeable amount for a player that would not reach nearly 60 percent of playing time this season. This was more of a cap saving cut then anything else. The Eagles had tried to trade Kendricks multiple times throughout his career, therefore him getting cut is not overly surprising.
Paul Worrilow goes down
Later on, that same day is when the Eagles suffered a loss of another linebacker, this one from injury. Paul Worrilow, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, tore his ACL during OTA’s when he collided with another player in a drill. It was apparent immediately that he was seriously injured, athletic trainers put an air cast on his knee and he was carted off the field. It was quickly learned that he had indeed torn his ACL and will be out for the upcoming season. He was likely going to be a backup and he was a toss up to make the team. Still, two lost linebackers in one day is a major loss for any team.
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