Brad Smith Out Several Weeks

On the injury front, the suddenly-vaunted special teams unit of the Eagles loses one of its key veterans for a short time frame.

In Thursday's press conference, coach Chip Kelly announced to the media that Brad Smith had surgery in the morning on a core muscle injury, and would miss at least a couple of weeks.

It's unknown how Smith sustained the injury, but it doesn't seem too severe. Smith will apparently be kept on the active roster while he recovers, so there doesn't appear to be any long-term implications.

Dave Fipp's special teams unit has bolstered the team in 2014, with four touchdowns coming from the group. Smith has one of the team's two blocked punts for touchdowns, after Trey Burton blocked Andy Lee's punt in the end zone on September 28. It was Smith's first touchdown with the Eagles; he hadn't scored since Week 17 in 2012, on a four-yard rushing touchdown with the Bills.

With Smith out, James Casey will now fill in as the seldom-used 'emergency quarterback'.

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