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Most indispensable

Posted by Eric Fisher On December 10

With Carson Wentz lost for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, we revisit the PhillyPhanatics.com preseason top 10 list of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury.

10. Nick Foles It may seem strange to list the backup quarterback as one of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury, but the odds are against Carson Wentz making it through another season without missing a game. If Foles is unavailable — and he didn’t play during the first three preseason games due to elbow soreness — the Eagles would have to rely on Matt McGloin in Wentz’s absence.

9. Darren Sproles Even if the Eagles could replace much of what Sproles does on offense, they don’t have anyone with good hands to receive punts. A dropped punt or two at crucial times could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs..

8. Malcolm Jenkins In addition to being a good player, Jenkins is one of the leaders of the defense. Losing Jenkins would also make the cornerbacks worse.

7. Alshon Jeffery The trade of Jordan Matthews makes Jeffery even more valuable. How would the offense look with Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor as the top two receivers?

6. Fletcher Cox The defensive line would be far less effective without Cox drawing double-teams.

5. Jason Peters Age has reduced Peters’ effectiveness, but the offensive line still looks a lot better with Peters at left tackle and Lane Johnson on the right side than with Johnson switching to the left and Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle.

4. Lane Johnson The Eagles were 2-8 last season during Johnson’s 10-game suspension for a second violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. That record can’t all be attributed to Johnson’s absence, but the absence of the starting right tackle didn’t help.

3. Jordan Hicks The Eagles have very little experienced depth at linebacker. Are you comfortable with either veteran Najee Goode or Joe Walker, a 7th-round draft pick coming off an ACL injury, as the starting middle linebacker?

2. Ronald Darby Aside from Darby, the Eagles don’t have a quality starting cornerback. Without Darby, the Eagles would have to start two suspect cornerbacks.

1. Carson Wentz Without Wentz, the Eagles aren’t in the playoff discussion. Everything is built around Wentz.



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