Injuries have become a major issue in Hicks' young career. The 25-year-old saw a promising rookie campaign cut short in 2015 after he was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral. He had accumulated 50 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in eight games, seeing plenty of playing time after injuries to Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks.
Hicks also had injury concerns at Texas, so losing time in his rookie season was all the more troubling.
Hicks stepped into the team's starting middle linebacker position heading into the 2016 season, however, and thrived, notching 85 tackles, five interceptions and a sack while playing in all 16 games. While the Eagles limped to a 7-9 record, Hicks was a bright spot.
This latest injury setback, then, is a disappointment, though Hicks has flashed game-changing ability in his brief career and appears capable of becoming a star. In 2017, he's accumulated 28 tackles.
While he hasn't missed any full games, he's dealt with injuries again in 2017 and been forced to leave multiple games early, making this latest setback a concern.
The Eagles don't have great depth at linebacker, so Hicks' injury is a potentially huge blow for the defense. Joe Walker is a competent backup, but relying on him at middle linebacker for an extended period of time is hardly ideal.
Hicks has the opportunity to become a game-changer for the Eagles, but only if he can remain on the field.
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