Update: Philadelphia Eagles starting cornerback Ronald Darby will return to practice this week after suffering a dislocated ankle in Week 1. Initially, it was reported that Darby would miss 4-6 weeks. However, it has already been six weeks and it appears that he will not play against the Washington Redskins. Doug Pederson said that he does not want to rush Darby back and needs to evaluate Darby’s conditioning before making any decision.
Since the Eagles have been playing phenomenal without Darby, I hope that he is one hundred percent before returning for games; there is no need to rush his return, where he can potentially reinjure the ankle. At a record of 5-1 and playing against the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers in the coming weeks, the Eagles can continue giving time to Rasul Douglas and Patrick Robinson, who have done magnificent to fill the void of Darby. Both Douglas and Robinson have tallied two interceptions each, locking down receivers. Douglas has been able to use his length to cover big receivers. Douglas has played remarkably aggressive, making critical plays for the Eagles. Against the Carolina Panthers, Douglas was a critical component of the Eagles’ defense as he was able to cover big receivers such as Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Both receivers intercepted Newton twice, showing their place in this defense.
Nevertheless, Darby will be a big boost for the Eagles’ defense due to his quick feet, permitting him to change direction, and thus, close to the defender. His instincts will bring the Eagles’ secondary to a whole another level. In the meantime, I expect Patrick Robinson, Rasul Douglas, and Jalen Mills to continue playing at a high level.