Akeem Jordan is one of the Birds hurt in Week 1.
Head coach Andy Reid led off his day after game press conference Monday with the normal injuries report:
"[LB] Akeem Jordan has a slight tear in his shoulder, labrum tear, he’ll struggle this week. We’ll see how he does, try to take it day by day, but he’ll struggle to practice this week I think as we go. [DE] J[uqua] P[arker], he had his foot x-rayed, but he’s fine, it’s negative and he’s doing okay. [DE] Darryl Tapp has a pec[toral] strain. We’ll see how he does, kind of a day-by-day thing here, we’ll see how he does this week. [QB] Vince [Young] is making progress, he was out running today. He’s making progress with his hamstring. Again, we’re in that stage now where it’s a day-by-day thing."
The good news for the Birds is that none of the injured players is a starter. But considering how they like to shuffle in and out defensive line, they could ill-afford to play with Parker and/or Tapp for a long period of time. The duo combined on a sack, fumble and touchdown recovery in Sunday’s 31-13 win at St. Louis.
Day to day sounds good for both d-ends. But Tapp’s pec strain is definitely a concern.
As for Jordan -- the only veteran on a linebacking unit of first-, second- or third-year players -- the news seems more troubling. A tear -- ever so slight -- doesn’t sound good. Jordan could be missing some time with that one leaving the Eagles with only two backup linebackers on the active roster. It’s possible they could make a move to bring rookie Greg Lloyd up from the practice squad.
And the news that Young was running is good. The Eagles coaching staff couldn’t have felt entirely comfortable only having Mike Kafka backing up Michael Vick on Sunday. With Young back in the fold there is an extra security blanket for the Birds.
With these injuries “day to day” it’s likely Eagles fans won’t know until really Thursday who will or won’t be ready for the Falcons on Sunday. If I had to bet I would bet that Jordan and Tapp miss the game.