On the opening kickoff of Friday’s night’s preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, rookie wide receiver and return specialist Josh Huff hurt his shoulder when he was tackled and did not see anymore action.
When head coach Chip Kelly was asked how Huff was feeling the next day, he was dismissive, stating that the MRI came back negative. Kelly said he would probably miss a week.
But according to Eagles beat reporter Geoff Mosher, the injury may be far more serious than the Eagles are letting on:
— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNPhilly) August 19, 2014
In his article, Mosher writes that Huff’s fellow wide receiers sound pessimistic:
Riley Cooper: “I don’t know the severity of it. But I know he’s hurting and he’s going to be out for a little bit. That’s a given. He’d been doing really well. Special teams, I’ve been watching him do everything. I took him under my wing, just trying to explain things to him. We’re very similar personalities.”
Jeremy Maclin: “[I] just let him know I’m here if he needs me,” said Maclin, who’s coming off a missed season from an anterior cruciate ligament tear. “If he wants to talk, talk about anything — football, stuff off the field, just let him know everything is definitely going to be alright.”
Mosher concluded that if Huff can’t get back on the field by the end of the month the team may end up putting him on the PUP list, which would sideline him for the first eight games of the regular season.
If it’s true that Huff does have a bad shoulder injury it creates a big hole for the Eagles at kick returner. Two weeks ago against the Chicago Bears, Huff ran a kickoff all the way back to the other end zone for a 102 yard touchdown, and he was slated to be the team’s number one choice at the position. We will bring you more as it develops.