McDougle, the club's '03 first-round pick, missed all of training camp, the preseason and the Eagles' first five regular-season games after getting shot in the abdomen in a robbery attempt in Florida the night before he was supposed to leave for training camp.
He's been on the club's physically unable to perform list while he's
been recuperating, and had hoped to return to practice this week with
the idea of playing in 2-3 weeks.
But the Eagles announced Monday that McDougle underwent emergency
surgery to correct an internal hernia caused by the adhesions and scar
tissue from his previous surgery following his gunshot wound in July.
"It's an unfortunate setback for Jerome," coach Andy Reid said. "It's
a shame, because he's worked extremely hard over the past several weeks
to return to the practice field. After today's events, that obviously
won't happen anytime soon. We wish him all the best in his recovery from
The Eagles almost certainly will put McDougle on injured reserve and
bring in another defensive end. Their two starting ends are Jevon Kearse
and N.D. Kalu, with Juqua Thomas and rookie Trent Cole as the backups.
Neither Kalu nor Kearse have played very well in the Eagles' first
five games. Each has just one sack.
--The Eagles re-signed defensive end Alonzo Jackson to the practice
squad Monday. Jackson was signed off the practice squad last week
because of a shortage of healthy bodies at end, and played in the
Eagles' 33-10 loss the Dallas Cowboys. He was released after the game.
Jackson probably won't be added to the 53-man roster this week unless
backup end Trent Cole, who missed the last game with an injured
hamstring, can't play.
--The Eagles' defense is allowing an average of 20.2 points per game
through the first five games. That's 7.6 points per game more than they
allowed in their first five games last season. They've allowed 30-plus
points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1997.
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--DT Darwin Walker, who has missed the last three games with a thigh
injury, is expected to return to the lineup this week against San Diego.
Walker is the club's starting right tackle.
--K David Akers appears to still be several weeks away from being
able to kick again. Akers is out with a torn hamstring in his right leg.
--DE Jerome McDougle, who was expected to return to practice this
week after missing the first five games while recuperating from a
gunshot wound, had emergency surgery to correct an internal hernia and
likely is lost for the season.
--RB Brian Westbrook may get some touches as a punt returner Sunday
against San Diego.
--TE L.J. Smith practiced Monday and appears to have recovered pretty
well from his low ankle sprain. He'll play this week against San Diego.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
REPORT CARD AFTER 5 GAMES
PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Playing with a sports hernia that has
severely restricted his mobility and even affected his throwing motion,
McNabb has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just 3 interceptions. But he
played poorly in both of the team's losses (to Atlanta and Dallas).
RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The Eagles don't have a rushing offense.
Through five games, an astounding 72.9 percent of their offensive plays
have been pass plays. Running back Brian Westbrook is averaging just 11
carries per game.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Eagles have three Pro Bowlers in their
secondary, but have given up 7 touchdown passes in the last three games,
including three in their last game against Dallas two weeks ago. It was
the first time they've allowed three TD passes in a game in 35
regular-season games. While the coverage has been inconsistent, their
front four also has provided nothing in the way of a pass rush.
RUN DEFENSE: C-minus -- Three of the Eagles' first five opponents
have rushed for more than 140 yards against them. While their tackles
have done OK inside, they've been vulnerable on the edges, where ends
Jevon Kearse and N.D. Kalu and outside linebackers Dhani Jones and Keith Adams have not played as well as they need to.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Eagles' coverage units struggled badly in the
last two games, giving up a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to
the Chiefs' Dante Hall and then several long punt and kickoff returns
against the Cowboys in their last game. They also have gotten little
production from their return game.
COACHING: C -- Andy Reid made a poor decision when he let injured
kicker David Akers play with a hamstring pull. He ended up tearing it
and won't be back for several weeks. His obsession with the pass has the
Eagles averaging a league-low 17.6 rushing attempts per game.
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