Off the Record (OTR)

Darby out 4-6 weeks

The Philadelphia Eagles got a huge, much-needed win against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. They hadn’t beaten the Redskins in the last five chances, and considering their schedule is absolutely brutal, they couldn’t afford to lose on opening weekend.

But, they also lost something really significant and believe it or not, the bad news is actually good news. Newly acquired cornerback Ronald Darby went down with what looked like a gruesome ankle injury. I don’t think anyone would have been shocked if they heard the term “season-ending.” But, the news is actually decent. And while he surely won’t be ready to play the Kansas City Chiefs this week (and I’m sure the odds at BetOnline Sportsbrook will reflect that), he’ll be out less than two months, according to Ian Rapoport.

“#Eagles CB Ronald Darby is out 4-6 weeks with an dislocated ankle, sources say. No major ligament damage. Surprisingly good news,” Rapoport tweets.

Yes, this is indeed surprisingly good news. If you don’t know, Darby is by far the Eagles’ best corner and it’s probably not even close. This injury likely means that rookie Rasul Douglas will have to step up. Patrick Robinson and Jaylen Mills will continue to get significant time, but let’s be honest, this secondary is now a serious weakness (again).

While most are looking for the other cornerbacks to step up, it might be the front seven that needs to step it up. If they are dominant up front, things get much easier in the secondary.

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