Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert will miss at least four weeks after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury.
The earliest he will be eligible to return is Dec. 18 against the Chicago Bears.
Goedert was hurt after a fourth-quarter completion which ended in a lost fumble. Washington Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis seemingly grabbed the tight end's facemask on the play, but it was uncalled on the field.
Goedert had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown before the injury, while the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season, falling 32-21 to the Commanders.
The 27-year-old has been a key part of the Eagles offense this season, totaling 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns. The fifth-year player's catches and yards per game are both a career high.
Goedert's presence in the passing game is even more valuable considering the Eagles' limited depth at receiver. A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith have a combined 90 receptions this year, but no one else on the roster has more than 12 catches.
Jack Stoll should see more playing time at tight end, yet he has only eight career receptions in two seasons. The Eagles will need more from receivers Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal, who've made minimal contributions this season.