[UPDATE]: The Philadelphia Eagles have officially placed safety Chris Maragos on injured reserve, the franchise has announced.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 19, 2017
The Philadelphia Eagles, unsurprisingly, didn’t leave the team’s hard-fought road win over the Carolina Panthers completely intact. As a result, reserve safety Chris Maragos likely tore his right PCL during Thursday evening’s matchup, according to Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The good news? Maragos’ ACL appears unaffected, though the Eagles will learn the full extent of his injury pending a Friday MRI.
The eight-year NFL veteran suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter as he tried to chase down Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey on a punt return. He left the game immediately following the incident, and Eagles medical personnel ruled him out for its remainder shortly thereafter.
Maragos, 30, has made a career out of special teams contributions since going undrafted back in 2010. The Wisconsin product spent his first season with the San Francisco 49ers before carving out a niche for himself over the ensuing three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, winning a Super Bowl in 2014. He signed a three-year deal with Philadelphia as a free agent that summer, and has been a fixture of coach Dave Fipp’s special teams units ever since. Maragos, fortunately, inked another three-year contract – with $2.45 million of guaranteed money – last November.
It is also worth noting that Eagles starting strong safety Rodney McLeod missed his team’s game against the rival New York Giants earlier this season with a strained hamstring, allowing Maragos to make just the third start of his 99-game career. This isn’t a huge blow for Philadelphia, basically. No contender wants its depth tested, though, especially when that necessity comes at the expense of an experienced veteran like Maragos.