On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles confirmed what had been speculated rampantly over the last 24 hours: both fullback Leonard Weaver and center Jamaal Jackson will be out for the season.
The team confirmed that Weaver tore his ACL on that oft-played gruesome hit during Sunday’s second quarter, and that Jackson tore a triceps muscle minutes later. The latter injury was initially reported as a torn biceps by NBC Sports and other outlets, but either way, it is an injury that will cost Jamaal the rest of 2010.
Both men are now on injured reserve, and the Eagles made three corresponding roster moves on Monday: FB Owen Schmitt was signed to replace Weaver, TE Garrett Mills was promoted from the practice squad to fill Jackson’s roster spot, and 2009 draft pick G/T Fenuki Tupou was re-signed to Mills’ spot on the practice squad.
Great, but that leaves the Eagles short of centers; Mike McGlynn is now the starter, with the only experience backup being Nick Cole—who currently starts immediately to McGlynn’s right. And no, long snapper Jon Dorenbos doesn’t count; he makes 10 snaps a game tops on a good day, and the team prefers to keep it that way because a good long snapper is a valuable commodity.
So here we are. Mills is a nice addition to the roster, but the Eagles must eventually fill that roster spot somehow. But with who?
Here are a few potential candidates.