Updates on injuries and suspensions around the NFL that could affect the Eagles

In recent days, there have been a number of updates on players in the NFL of interest to the Philadelphia Eagles who are recovering from injuries or being suspended. Let’s wrap them up here.


Saints RB Alvin Kamara Reportedly Facing “At Least Six Game” Suspension

According to a report by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Kamara is looking at a lengthy suspension due to battery charges in Las Vegas.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara is bracing himself for a six-week ban, according to a competition source. The only question is when the suspension will be imposed…

The incident happened in Las Vegas, during the Pro Bowl weekend. Kamara was questioned and arrested at Allegiant Stadium after the Pro Bowl ended.

The personal conduct policy provides for a basic six-game suspension in the event of a felony. Aggravating factors include repeated hitting. Kamara reportedly told police that he dealt “a few punches”.

Kamara may be placed on paid leave pending resolution of the criminal case as he is charged with a felony. He would still be subject to a possible unpaid suspension after the case is resolved.

The Eagles will play the Saints Week 17, but perhaps more importantly, they own the Saints’ first round in 2023. The Saints were 9-4 in games Kamara played in 2021 and 0-4 in games he missed.


Commanders DE Chase Young can start the season on an injured reserve

Young tore his ACL in a November 14 win over the Buccaneers last season. He clearly missed the rest of the season, including both games against the Eagles, with the Eagles taking over the season series.

In a 53-man roster projection, ESPN’s John Keim noted that Young could start the 2022 season on injured reserve.

A big key will be when they think Young can return from his torn right ACL; it is possible that he will have to open on injured reserve.

If placed on IR, Young would miss the first four games of the season. The commanders organize Eagles Week 3.


Cowboys WR Michael Gallup should be ready “sometime in September”

Again, in an ESPN 53-man roster projection, Todd Archer had this to say about Gallup:

Gallup may not be ready for Week 1, but he should be ready sometime in September, so he’s getting a spot on 53 instead of opening the year on the physically unable to perform list.

Gallup tore an ACL in a January 2 loss against the Cardinals. He had surgery in the first week of February to repair the ACL. Should Gallup return “sometime in September,” that would be a recovery of less than eight months, a timeframe that is possible, but unusual.

Gallup is a key player for the Cowboys this season after they traded Amari Cooper for the Browns. They also lost 2021 breakout receiver Cedrick Wilson to the Dolphins in free agency.

If Gallup is on the PUP list to start the season, he will have to sit for the first six weeks of the season. The Eagles host Cowboys Week 6.


Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins still hopes to reduce his suspension

The NFL announced in May that Hopkins was banned from the first six games of the 2022 regular season for violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing drugs. The Cardinals host Eagles Week 5.

Hopkins is trying to reduce that suspension:

In a video on NFL.com, Tom Pelissero outlined Hopkins’ chances of reducing his suspension.

“There’s not much that DeAndre Hopkins can do right now,” Pelissero said. “Like all NFL players, he is ultimately responsible for what is in his body, whether he intended it to be there or not. Hopkins has also already waived his right of appeal. The NFL has announced the suspension “So in terms of the collectively negotiated disciplinary process for drug policy violations, this is over. Now, could Hopkins possibly try to sue? Anyone can sue, but that’s a legal Hail Mary.”

In other words, don’t expect to see Hopkins on the field in Week 5.

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