PHILADELPHIA – You never want to lose a player like Dallas Goedert but the Philadelphia Eagles can skip the uncertainty and look to last season for the template.
The Eagles lost their star tight end for five games (Weeks 11 through 15) with a broken glenoid bone in his shoulder during what was an NFC championship season a year ago and not only persevered, they finished 5-0 without one of the big three in their imposing passing game.
This time around it’s a fractured forearm suffered in Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys that will likely put the 29-year-old veteran on the shelf for four to six weeks. The first seven days in that projected rehab is Philadelphia’s bye week meaning that Goedert is expected to miss as little as three games and as many as five.
From a coaching standpoint, it’s about replacing both playing time and productivity when it comes to Goedert.
As the TE1, Goedert is often on the field for over 90 percent of the offensive snaps and is currently the team’s third-leading receiver behind A.J. Broan and DeVonta Smith with 38 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns during what has been an NFL-best 8-1 start for Philadelphia.
“You can supplement it sometimes with different personnel groupings as well. We feel like we have some good options,” head coach Nick Sirianni said earlier this week when asked about life without his best tight end.