PHILADELPHIA – It was bad enough that the officials missed a facemask penalty when Dallas Goedert fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 32-21 loss Monday night.
But what literally made the injury worse was that Goedert suffered a shoulder injury during the game and he will miss several weeks, according to a league source. The NFL Network first reported that the Eagles’ tight end “will miss extended time.”
It is not yet known whether Goedert will be placed on injured reserve as he was still undergoing tests on Tuesday afternoon. If that’s the case, Goedert would have to miss at least four games, meaning he can’t return against the Bears until December 18 at the earliest.
Goedert left the field after the game and went into the medical tent. Incredibly, he never missed a moment and ended up playing every attack in the attack.
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Still, it would be a huge loss for the Eagles no matter how long Goedert is out.
Goedert is one of the Eagles’ top three receivers, along with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. Goedert has 43 receptions this season, while Smith has 46 and Brown has 44. No one else has more than 12.
Goedert is also second on the team in receiving yards with 544. Smith, who is third, has 481. No one else has received more than 193 yards.
Goedert had 3 catches for 23 yards and a touchdown against the Commanders.
As for tight ends, the drop-off is even steeper. Jack Stoll is the second tight end and he has 4 catches for 49 yards. Grant Calcaterra, the Eagles’ sixth round pick, has 1 catch for 40 yards.
It is likely that the Eagles will activate tight end Tyree Jackson from the physically unable to perform. The Eagles have until Wednesday to activate Jackson, which would mark the end of his 21-day practice period.
But Jackson is also inexperienced. He has just 3 career catches for 22 yards all last season before tearing his ACL against Dallas in the regular season finale.
Goedert could be the third Eagles’ starter to go IR in the last three games. Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis went on IR after sustaining an ankle injury against the Steelers on October 30, and nickel corner Avonte Maddox was placed on IR on Monday after sustaining a hamstring injury against Houston on November 3.
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This article originally appeared in Delaware News Journal: Eagles lose Dallas Goedert ‘several weeks’ and drop-off is steep