There was a point during the Eagles victory Sunday against the Browns when starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin exited the game with a hamstring injury, putting his availability in question. As for tight end Zach Ertz, he completed the contest and never let on that there was anything wrong, which makes news he could miss next week against the Bears a bit surprising.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson described both players as “week-to-week” during his day-after press conference, which was news to most everybody. Not so much McKelvin, who was replaced by rookie Jalen Mills in the third quarter and never returned.
Pederson initially called it a “shoulder” injury for Ertz, but went on to elaborate the fourth-year tight end displaced a rib under his collar bone. However, the head coach stressed it is not broken.
Should McKelvin be out for their Week 2 matchup, Mills likely would be pressed into a full-time role. The seventh-round draft pick held his own on Sunday, making two tackles and providing sound coverage, but that was against the Browns. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throwing to wideout Alshon Jeffery might be a little different.
The situation at tight end is slightly more complicated. Brent Celek, a 10-year veteran, is still around and effective, while Trey Burton is a versatile weapon as far as No. 3 tight ends go. Ertz is a major weapon for the offense and quarterback Carson Wentz, who looked his way seven times against the Browns.