Jordan Hicks Injury Updates

Eagles DE Michael Bennett (foot) and MLB Jordan Hicks (calf) are active for today's game against Washington. Both entered the day questionable. Bennett has played through "questionable" tags for weeks and should be fine for normal IDP usage. Hicks played just two-thirds of the snaps in last week's return from the multi-week calf injury and looks risky.

Eagles DE Michael Bennett (foot) and MLB Jordan Hicks (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. Bennett has been playing through "questionable" tags for weeks and should be in for the finale as well. We'll certainly confirm his status Sunday. Hicks returned last week from 4 games down with the calf injury. He played just 66% of the snaps in that game. Then he missed Thursday's practice and spent Friday limited before the "questionable" designation. Hicks presents a lot of risk for IDP owners this week. But we'll update his status as well in case you're looking to take the plunge. We did move him down the Week 17 IDP rankings.

The Eagles left MLB Jordan Hicks off the final injury report after he put in full practices Thursday and Friday. Hicks started the week limited by the calf issue that cost him the past 4 games but looks ready for a full return. He'll find a Houston offense that presents a top-6 scoring matchup for fantasy LBs on the year. We've vaulted Hicks up the Week 16 IDP rankings. Elsewhere on the Philly D, DE Michael Bennett is questionable with his foot injury. He has played through questionable tags since Week 13 with the issue. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Eagles MLB Jordan Hicks ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in Monday night's win over Washington and will miss the rest of the season. Najee Goode is the immediate backup. Weak-side LB Mychal Kendricks could finally be in for a playing-time boost, though we'll need to wait to see if that's the case. He missed Monday's game with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles watched LB Jordan Hicks (quad) and DE Brandon Graham (elbow) leave practice Monday and sit out Tuesday's workout this week. It seems likely that neither defensive starter will play in Thursday night's 3rd preseason game. But HC Doug Pederson called both "day to day" after Tuesday's practice, according to The Intelligencer. That indicates we shouldn't yet worry about either's status for the regular-season opener -- still a little more than 2 weeks away. We'll certainly watch for their healthy returns in the meantime and update for IDP owners.

Eagles LB Jordan Hicks suffered a hand injury while on his honeymoon in Greece, according to multiple reports. Philly.com reports that Hicks hurt the hand when he slipped and fell and that it's expected to heal in 3-4 weeks. That would put Hicks on track to have the hand ready for the start of training camp. Of course, we've also seen many defenders play through hand issues. This situation shouldn't affect Hicks' IDP outlook.

Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks played just 19 defensive snaps in Sunday's opener against the Browns, and Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that his role doesn't appear likely to grow any time soon. Philly played its nickel package on defense more than its "base" defense, which keeps MLB Jordan Hicks and OLB Nigel Bradham on the field as the 2 LBs (with Kendricks leaving for an extra DB). "As good an athlete as Mychal is, it's just unfortunate that we have to take one guy off," coach Doug Pederson said. "Right now . . . he's the odd man out and he ends up coming off the field." No Eagles coach has spoken publicly of any dissatisfaction with Kendricks' play or attitude, but he was on the field for the 4th quarter of the 3rd preseason game and started the 4th -- territory, in both cases, that NFL starters usually avoid. Kendricks lost 2 weeks to a hamstring injury in August, which might have helped slot him behind Bradham for nickel duties. But Bradham played under DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo 2 years ago and might need to screw up significantly or get hurt to give Kendricks an opportunity. You can drop Kendricks for a more trustworthy LB in most redraft IDP leagues.

The Eagles expect to start Mychal Kendricks on the weak side, Jordan Hicks in the middle and free-agent addition Nigel Bradham on the strong side in 2016, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hicks played impressively well as a rookie after injuries to Kendricks and Kiko Alonso forced him into the lineup. Bradham played under new DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo in 2014. Kendricks' skill set makes him dangerous from any spot.

The Associated Press reports that the Eagles have agreed to trade CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick. The deal reportedly won't be officially announced until Wednesday. Philly signed Maxwell to a large free-agent deal just last offseason, when Chip Kelly was running personnel. Kelly also traded RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for Alonso, only to watch the LB suffer a knee injury in Week 2 and never return to full playing time. The Dolphins pick up a pair of potential immediate starters at positions of weakness. The Eagles likely viewed Alonso as expendable given their switch to a 4-3 base under new DC Jim Schwartz and the 2015 emergence of rookie LB Jordan Hicks. He and Kendricks could prove to be strong IDP options in the rearranged defense. We would expect no higher than a mid-round pick to go Philly's way, given Maxwell's big contract and Alonso's 2 straight seasons with knee injuries. Of course, both players will need to pass physicals to finalize the deal.

So much for the positive spin on Eagles ILB Jordan Hicks' pectoral injury. FOX's Jay Glazer reports that Hicks will hit IR after suffering a tear, which a Monday MRI must have revealed. That clears the way for Kiko Alonso to reclaim his starting -- and likely full-time -- job next to Mychal Kendricks. Alonso returned Sunday night from a Week 2 knee injury. Both Philly ILBs carry top-20 fantasy potential at their position the rest of the way

Updating a previous item, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles expect ILB Jordan Hicks to miss 2-4 weeks with the pectoral injury he suffered late in Sunday night's win over Dallas. That's relative good news, because it indicates they don't believe Hicks suffered a complete tear -- which would end his season. The rookie will undergo further tests to determine the extend of the injury. In the meantime, it looks like Philly will be back to its season-opening duo of Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks at ILB in Week 10 against Miami.

Eagles LB Jordan Hicks will have an MRI on a pectoral injury he suffered late in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys, according to NJ.com. He said after the game that he feels fine but acknowledged the issue might cost him some time. We'll see what the MRI says. Before the injury, Hicks continued an impressive string of play that will make it tough for the Eagles to push him out of the lineup in favor of just-returned Kiko Alonso. Hicks started over Alonso at Dallas in the veteran's 1st game back since a Week 2 knee injury.

Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso is probable for Sunday's game at Dallas, which would be his 1st game back since a Week 2 knee injury. We wouldn't bet on full playing time in his 1st game back, especially considering that Alonso injured the same knee in which he tore the ACL last year. But there's plenty of time for him to return to IDP prominence beyond this week. And his return can only help the team D. Rookie Jordan Hicks has played quite well amid injuries to Alonso and Mychal Kendricks, so we'll see what kind of role he might retain now that both are back.

Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks will return for tonight's game against the Panthers after basically missing all of the past 4 games with a hamstring injury. Playing him in your IDP league remains risky, however. Philly has proved willing to ease him back into the lineup from injuries in the past. That might be tougher to do this time, because DeMeco Ryans is inactive with his own hamstring injury. He joins Kiko Alonso on the inactive list. That leaves rookie Jordan Hicks in the lineup again, and he's probably the safest IDP bet among Philly LBs -- if you've waited this long to start 1. Kendricks, of course, brings plenty of scoring upside any time he plays.

 
 
 

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