Eagles' Josh Sweat to Be Released from Hospital After Scary Injury vs. Saints

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 04: Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) looks on during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 4, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat was stretchered off the field after suffering a neck injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

The entire Eagles team is coming on the field as Josh Sweat is stretchered off 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/7h8GLo14mE">pic.twitter.com/7h8GLo14mE</a>

Sweat was taken to a local hospital and had movement in all of his extremities, per the Eagles, who later noted he was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday night.

Sweat said he will return to the field this season:

Josh Sweat @SweatyJ_9

Thank you for your prayers and support 🙏🏾 I'll be back this season! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBirds?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoBirds</a>

The 25-year-old has enjoyed his best season in 2022. His 11 sacks are a personal high, and he recorded his first career interception in Philly's Week 16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles selected the 6'5", 265-pounder in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft. A reserve for the bulk of his first three years, he flourished in his first full season as a starter in 2021. He posted 7.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and one forced fumble en route to reaching the Pro Bowl.

Sweat has arguably been better this season despite missing out on a second Pro Bowl nod, with Pro Football Focus' Marcus Mosher listing him as Philadelphia's biggest snub:

"While the Eagles lead the league with eight Pro Bowl selections, Sweat has to be one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs this year. He is currently PFF's ninth-ranked edge rusher by overall grade, as he's already totaled 13 sacks, one forced fumble and one pick-six against Dak Prescott. He has improved every year and didn't deserve to miss out on a Pro Bowl nod this season."

While Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has inserted himself into the MVP conversation, the defense deserves plenty of credit for the team's 13-2 record. Philly is fifth in defensive efficiency and first in adjusted sack rate, per Football Outsiders. The latter reflects Sweat's contributions off the edge.

The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs and are one victory from securing the top seed in the NFC. Looking ahead to the postseason, Sweat's return would be a boost for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.