Philadelphia Eagles training camp is light on contact under head coach Chip Kelly, but he can’t keep his squad in bubble wrap forever. As the Birds get set to embark on their first preseason action of the year on Friday night, one of the storylines is whether they can continue to remain relatively injury-free.
Minus a few minor dings, Kelly’s roster is still in mint condition after two weeks of camp. Until the real games begin in September, though, fans will be holding their breath any time certain players hit the deck. We’re talking about the guys the Eagles can least afford to lose if the team intends to make a run at the Super Bowl this season.
Which losses would be most detrimental to Philadelphia's chances? We ranked the five players whose absence from the lineup would be most potentially damaging to the Eagles. The criteria used was a combination of a player’s importance and how replaceable he is by players currently on the roster.
Last season, Philadelphia was incredibly fortunate in that not one player landed on injured reserve after training camp, and in fact, only two starters missed more than two games all season. Such luck isn’t likely to occur again, though—you can only hope nothing happens to the following players in particular.