Despite injuries, Eagles are keeping a healthy outlook
Learning that the leg tweak leading receiver Bobby Swigert suffered on his only catch in Boston College’s final scrimmage actually would keep him out for an extended period was just the latest in a line of frustrating injury issues for the Eagles.
“He banged up his leg early on and we needed him to get in some of the scrimmages and make some plays and get out there and participate,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “It was just a freak thing that he reinjured himself.
“It’s just a function of football. You’ve got to practice and you can’t just not participate all preseason and show up. But it’s unfortunate for Bobby, but Bobby’s one of those guys that’ll heal real fast.’’
The left leg injury will sideline Swigert for “several weeks,” according to Spaziani, leaving the Eagles without the player who had a team-high 44 catches for 470 yards and three touchdowns last season. They will look to senior Colin Larmond (second in receiving a year ago) and junior Alex Amidon (who has looked sharp in the preseason) to fill the void.
“Surely, Bobby is an integral part of our passing game and has been productive and been around,” Spaziani said. “Obviously, he’s not going to be there, but we have some quality guys there. We like what’s going on over there at the wide receiver spot.”
Swigert joins defensive back Al Louis-Jean, who will be out for an extended period with a left foot injury, and tight end Chris Pantele, who had to have surgery to repair a broken right foot.
“We’ve had a couple, a little bit more than usual, that are kind of debilitating [because they’re] starters,” Spaziani said. “But that’s what happens. You’ve got to work your way through it and I think we have. I like this team and I like they way they’ve responded to certain things. We certainly would like to have Chris and Albert and Bobby for the opener, but we don’t.”
With the return of defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey over the weekend, Spaziani said, “We’re fully loaded over there, now. We’ve got all parts back and everybody working.”
Spaziani said he was given a positive report on running back Rolandan Finch on Sunday and expects him to practice Monday. Throughout the preseason, Spaziani has been cautious with his three running backs. Tahj Kimble participated in the team’s final scrimmage after sitting out the first three, and Andre Williams, who was healthy enough to participate, missed the last one to make sure he remained that way for the start of the season.
“We like our running backs,” Spaziani said. “They’ve all been in games, they’ve all done things and they have different styles. We’re not adopting the rotating three guys in, but they’re all ready to play and then we all have contingency plans, too.”
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