By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Eagles have lost safety Rodney McLeod for the season. He had surgery on Thursday morning to repair his MCL injury.
McLeod has been with the Eagles since the 2016 season. The 28-year-old Clinton, Maryland native is a huge loss for the team.
He was one of the team’s better defensive players. McLeod formed a strong duo with fellow safety Malcolm Jenkins.
He left the game against the Indianapolis Colts with a knee injury. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, he admitted that he felt OK and was walking without an issue.
Yet, tests showed that there was more damage than initially thought, the publication said.
On Wednesday, the team was waiting on one final test result to come back. It’s unknown if that test came back before McLeod elected to have surgery.
He had two tackles in Week 2 in their 27-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also had five tackles in the season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons in their 18-12 win.
McLeod had three starts with seven tackles this season. He also had four pass deflections.
In three seasons with the Eagles, he has made 33 straight starts. He had 110 tackles, 1.0 sacks, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 17 pass deflections.
He also appeared in 64 games, including 48 starts, with the St. Louis Rams. He had 184 tackles, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, and 18 pass deflections.
He will be replaced in the lineup by Corey Graham. He is in his second season with the team after signing during training camp to return.
“It really don’t change much,” Graham said to NBC Sports Philadelphia following Sunday’s game. “We’re going to run our same packages, do the same thing we’ve been doing. Instead of playing 30 plays a game, I’ll play 60. It don’t really change too much for me. I’ll still be doing the same exact thing, but more.”