The Eagles already had a lot on their plate trying to stop a dangerous Cowboys offense, particularly the NFL’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott. Now with Bennie Logan ruled out for the pivotal NFC East clash on Sunday night, the defense is really going to have its work cut out.
On Friday, Doug Pederson made Logan’s absence official, announcing during his press conference on the Eagles’ team web site that the defensive tackle would be out for a second straight game with a groin injury. The news wasn’t exactly a surprise, as the fourth-year veteran had not practiced all week, and the team re-signed previously released defensive tackle Taylor Hall a few days ago.
Regardless, the confirmation is a shot to the Eagles all the same.
Logan has made his name as being one of the league’s unheralded yet best interior run stoppers in the league. Last season, he finished tied for eighth with 9 tackles for loss in 14 games. He has 3 more already in 2016 as well, in addition to 2.0 sacks.
Without Logan, a shaky Eagles run defense will be even more susceptible to a big day from Elliott, who is already up to 703 yards rushing on a 5.1 average with 5 touchdowns. While Philadelphia ranks 14th on the ground, the unit was gashed for 230 yards on the ground by Washington as recently as two weeks ago, perhaps not coincidentally the same game Logan got hurt.
Of course, it may not matter whether the Eagles have Logan or not. Nobody has shown any sign of stopping the Dallas ground game led by Elliott, who has rushed for more than 130 yards in four straight games now. The Eagles’ best shot was with a full complement of interior defenders though, which they will not have.