Ronald Darby couldn't get a long-term deal worth a lot of money this past offseason because teams were afraid of his health issues. He decided to take a one-year "prove it" deal to return to Philadelphia to prove he is able to stay healthy for a full season and play at an elite level.
Unfortunately Darby was unable to prove either of those things, as he got lit up the first three weeks of the season and left the Lions game early with a hamstring injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Darby will have to miss a few games thanks to this injury.
Hamstring injuries can be extremely tricky, especially for a player at a speed position like cornerback or wide receiver. If he rushes back too early there's a good chance of him reaggravating the injury, so he'll be shelved as long as possible to make sure he is 100% before returning.
The Eagles are down to just three healthy cornerbacks now: Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox. The Eagles will have to sign one (or trade for one 😉😉) this week, especially on short notice against the Packers on Thursday.
The most likely scenario will be for the team to sign Orlando Scandrick, who was with the team in the preseason. He already knows the system better than most cornerbacks on the market, which is huge especially because the Eagles play in three days. That's not a forgone conclusion though, so we'll have to wait to see what Howie Roseman does.