PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (former Calhoun County and South Carolina standout) will miss the rest of the season with what coach Doug Pederson called a "significant" foot injury, it was announced on Tuesday.
Jeffery was taken to the locker room on a cart during the second quarter of Monday's 23-17 win over the New York Giants. He was not contacted on the play, but left the field limping before throwing down his helmet and entering the medical tent. He then sat in the front seat of a cart that headed into the tunnel.
Jeffery finished the season with 43 catches for 430 yards and four touchdowns. It was easily his least productive season since he was a rookie back in 2012.
The injury left Carson Wentz with just two active receivers for the rest of the game: JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. With Nelson Agholor still dealing with a knee injury, the Eagles are expected to make a move at receiver in the near future.
They have three receivers on their practice squad, including Marken Michel, who had a strong offseason for the Eagles. Michel is the brother of Patriots running back Sony Michel.
Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, meanwhile, is week-to-week with an ankle injury, Pederson said. Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced him at right tackle Monday and appears to be the leading candidate for the job moving forward.
NFL Network first reported that Jeffery would miss the rest of the season.
Former Bulldog Leonard
has big day for Colts
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Former South Carolina State standout linebacker Darius Leonard and reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard had quite a game in Tampa on Sunday.
The second-year superstar from Lake View nicknamed "Maniac" finished the game with nine tackles (one for loss) and two interceptions, taking one of them back 80 yards for his first career defensive touchdown.
Stat-sheet stuffing is nothing new to Leonard, and as a result of his first-quarter interception on Sunday, he became the only player since at least 1982 to record 10-plus sacks and five-plus interceptions in his first 25 career games, according to NFL Research.
On just the second play of the game, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston took the shotgun snap, looked down the left hash and let his pass fly, but it was abruptly interrupted and intercepted by Leonard.
The Colts' offense took advantage of Leonard's gift, scoring the game's first touchdown just three plays later to go up 7-0.
“We know if we get a takeaway early it’s very contagious," Leonard told reporters after the game. "We’re punching at the ball, playing cover-2 (defense) – all eyes on the quarterback. We know that we have multiple opportunities to make more takeaways.”
More takeaways, it turns out, were in the cards for Leonard and the Colts' defense, which also forced and recovered a fumble on Tampa Bay's second offensive drive.
Later in the first half, with the Colts trying to hold on to their 17-14 lead, the Buccaneers were driving deep into Indy territory when Winston again tossed a ball into Leonard's grasp. This time the linebacker charged down the left sideline and returned it for an 80-yard touchdown, the first of his career and the first for the Colts since October 2017, and gave his team a 24-14 lead with 2:32 left in the second quarter.
But, in the end, the Bucs overcame a two-touchdown deficit late in the third quarter, 35-17, to win, 38-35.