Eagles injury report: Wide receiver DeVonta Smith suffers lower-body injury

PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles are keeping a close eye on first-round pick DeVonta Smith after the receiver suffered a leg injury during Saturday evening’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

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Smith sustained the injury when he attempted to catch a pass during an 11-on-11 drill. After he collided with another defender, Smith got up slowly and walked away from the drill. As a precaution, Smith’s helmet was also taken away from him.

A person with knowledge of the situation said the injury is not believed to be significant because Smith remained on the field for the rest of the session. Smith was seen on the sidelines, interacting with other players on the field, including fellow wide receivers Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins.


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Smith, whom the team selected 10th overall in this year’s draft after trading up to take him, figures to play an important role in the offense this season. Smith’s speed, route-running, and elusiveness are attributes that the team is counting on to open opportunities for other players on the field. Smith will also be one of the main targets for quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles wide receiver corps is already experiencing some health issues. Reagor was limited due to lower body tightness. Watkins was also held back because of a non-COVID illness. The team was almost down another receiver when J.J. Arcega-Whiteside remained on the ground after attempting to make a catch. However, Arcega-Whiteside appeared to be okay, taking part in extra work after practice.

The Eagles have an off day on Sunday, allowing Smith and the other receivers to rest. If Smith were to miss some time, expect Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower, and Travis Fulgham to receive more opportunities to showcase their talents and get more work.

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