Eagles Offensive Lineman Danny Watkins missed practice this week with an ankle injury that Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid called a “chronic” ankle problem and rookie offensive lineman Dennis Kelly could start in his place. If Kelly doesn’t start it could be King Dunlap moving to the guard position and Demetress Bell once again starting at tackle.
If this is the first you’ve heard of Watkins chronic ankle injury you’re not alone. Reid said today that he injury was from before the Eagles drafting the 2nd year player and that he aggravated it in last week’s game against the Detroit Lions. If Watkins doesn’t play and the line excels without him on it don’t be surprised if Reid benches Watkins for the short-term (and possible long-term) and could fall in line with many other lineman busts that the Eagles front office has drafted in the early rounds.
Kelly was drafted in the 5th round out of Purdue and this could be his first NFL start in his career. Watkins at this time will be a game-time decision.Tags: Andy Reid, Danny Watkins, Demetress Bell, Dennis Kelly, Eagles, King Dunlap