Philly won’t see their star tight end on the field anytime quickly

The NFC East is generally a derailed train that declines to come to a stop. Not just are the 4 teams in the division playing really bad football, however the failure to put a great item on the field is continually stopped by the injury bug that’s ravaged groups like the Philadelphia Eagles, and they just got another round of bad news on that front. Zach Ertz, the team’s resident top receiver leading into the 2020 season, was initially anticipated to miss out on 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury, however that is no longer the case.

The timeline for his healing has actually been extended, per Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, and Ertz is now anticipated to sit 4-6 weeks rather. Factoring in the Eagles bye week in Week 9, a worst-case circumstance would see the three-time Pro Bowler sidelined up until the Dec. 6 match versus the Green Bay Packers. Must he have a more speedy recovery and return after missing only four weeks, he ‘d possibly wear on Nov. 22 versus the Cleveland Browns.

Time will inform which prognosis is more accurate, however it’s yet another blow to an Eagles lineup that can ill manage it.

Currently sitting at 1-4-1 on the season, Philadelphia will battle the New york city Giants in Week 7 absent both Ertz and Miles Sanders, with the latter reportedly set to miss 1-2 weeks with a knee injury. They might get seasoned wideout DeSean Jackson back after having lacked him the last 3 games, but Alshon Jeffery stays on the rehabilitation sheet, still recuperating from a Lisfranc injury suffered last December. And the Eagles other prominent tight end, Dallas Goedert, suffered a fracture in his ankle 3 weeks back and has been on hurt reserve because– head coach Doug Pederson not putting a timeline in his return simply yet.

In spite of his battles in 2020, the mere existence of Ertz is a huge boost to the offense and produces a leading target opposing defenses must always account for. Without him, the field gets smaller for an already struggling Carson Wentz, who’s tossed 9 interceptions to just 8 touchdowns through the first six games, and has a passer rating of 71.2 on the year.

Similar to other teams in the NFC East– particularly the Dallas Cowboys– it’s next guy up in Philadelphia. And the longer gamers like Ertz are sidelined, the more hard it’ll be to string together wins in 2020.