Eagles Starting LT Andre Dillard Reportedly Out for Season with Biceps Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Andre Dillard looks on during an NFL football practice, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, Pool)
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Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Andre Dillard will require season-ending surgery to repair a biceps injury, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo

NFL reporter Derrick Gunn first broke the news of Dillard's injury during practice Thursday, noting he had already been battling a shoulder strain.

Philadelphia selected the former Washington State lineman in the first round of the 2019 draft. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked him as the 37th-best player overall and the third-best tackle in his final big board.

Dillard appeared in every game and made four starts.

By targeting him so early, the franchise was clearly formulating a succession plan for longtime left tackle Jason Peters, who turned 38 in January.

Philadelphia moved Peters over to right guard after Brandon Brooks suffered a torn Achilles in June. As a result, the path was clear for Dillard to assume the starting duties on the left side of the line.

Replacing Dillard is relatively straightforward, with Peters almost certain to occupy the left tackle spot again. The trouble comes with finding another right guard and coping with the domino effect of losing two expected starters.

Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane

#Eagles’ projected OL two months ago: RT Lane Johnson RG Brandon Brooks C Jason Kelce LG Isaac Seumalo LT Andre Dillard Now for season opener: Johnson Matt Pryor Kelce Seumalo Jason Peters Depth now clearly an issue.

Football Outsiders ranked the Eagles offensive line 14th in adjusted line yards and 11th in adjusted sack rate. While the unit wasn't elite, it performed up to a reasonable standard.

Getting back to that level in 2020 may prove difficult.