Eagles left tackle Jordan Mailata suffered a knee sprain during practice on Thursday, causing him to miss practice on Friday and put his status vs. the Dallas Cowboys for Monday night’s game in question.
Mailata’s knee sprain is still being evaluated by team doctors and the timetable for his return is not yet known, but it seems very unlikely he will play on Monday night, and he could potentially miss multiple weeks.
The hope at this point has to be that the injury is not even worse than a sprain, something the team seems to have not ruled out since he is still being evaluated.
Mailata signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Eagles this offseason.
Mailata going down means that there is a very good chance the Eagles will be starting Andre Dillard at left tackle against the Cowboys. The former first-round pick lost a battle for the starting job to Mailata during training camp and has not played well in the limited snaps he has gotten over the past three seasons.
Assuming Mailata can’t play the Eagles will be without two-of-their-five starting offensive linemen from Week 1, as right guard Brandon Brooks is currently on injured reserve with a pec injury. Rookie Landon Dickerson is expected to start at right guard with Brooks out.
The only hope for the Eagles is that even with Mailata and Brooks out they are still going against a bad Dallas defensive line that will be without their best rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence.
Still, even against a bad Dallas line, their offensive line is now a major question heading into a crucial game.
You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at email@example.com!