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September 15, 2023

Report: 'Does not look good' for injured Eagles CB Avonte Maddox

Eagles slot corner Avonte Maddox once again with a shoulder injury. The latest update on Maddox is bad news for the Birds.

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In the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings, starting slot corner Avonte Maddox left with a shoulder injury and did not return. According to a report from Derrick Gunn, "it does not look good" for Maddox.

This is bad news for an Eagles secondary who had to play without CB James Bradberry and S Reed Blankenship on Thursday night, though their absences should be relatively short.

Slot corner is a position where the Eagles don't have proven depth. In Maddox's absence Thursday night, 2022 UDFA Mario Goodrich filled in and played 39 snaps. That was the first regular season action of Goodrich's career.

As noted in our snap count analysis, the oft-injured Maddox missed games at three different junctures during the season in 2022: 

  1. He missed the Eagles' Week 4 and 5 games vs. the Jaguars and Cardinals.
  2. He missed the Eagles' Week 10, 11, 12, and 13 games vs. the Commanders, Colts, Packers, and Titans.
  3. He missed the Eagles' Week 17, 18, and divisional round games against the Saints, Giants, and the Giants again.

Maddox also missed three games in 2018, four games in 2019, and six games in 2020. He is one of the best slot corners in the NFL when healthy, but it seems there will always be durability concerns.

We'll update as we learn more.

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