PHILADELPHIA — Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert hoped to be back last week after his forearm was shattered four weeks ago on a hip drop tackle by Cowboys safety Markquese Bell.
With Goedert a veritable lock to hit the field running this Sunday, the Eagles opposing the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, keep an eye on the matchup.
Though Goedert says there are no hard feelings, Bell’s controversial tackle in which he grabbed the right wrist of the Eagle and dropped to the ground was widely considered a cheap shot.
“It was one of those tough situations,” Goedert said. “He got my arm wrapped up and fell on top of it. Nothing dirty on his part. I wish I could have pulled my arm back a little bit faster. It’s part of the sport, injuries. They say it’s not if, it’s when. I’m just thankful I’m able to get back on the field this week.”
Eagles receiver A.J. Brown is happy as well. Brown was working on a streak of six straight 100-plus receiving yard games when Goedert was knocked out of that Cowboys game. Streak over. Goedert was off to a crazy good start in that contest with three catches for 50 yards.
Fourth in the NFL with 1,164 receiving yards, Brown cannot wait for Goedert to take away the double teams that have limited him to a single 100-yard game since the injury.
“It’s going to help us out tremendously,” Brown said. “I’m glad he’s back. He’s worked his tail off to get back to help us out. It’s going to take a lot of pressure off me, of course, so I’m glad to see him.”
Then there is Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, who offers little in the way of injury news as he fears it will give the opposition a competitive advantage. Sirianni passed on a chance to announce what everyone in the Eagles’ locker room already knew: Goedert was back.
Goedert couldn’t contain the optimism, straight shooter that he is. He told reporters “The likelihood is very high” that he is back Sunday.
“Obviously, I don’t want to miss any games, but this is a big game,” said Goedert, who in 10 games with the Cowboys has 31 receptions for 462 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s really fun going to Dallas every year and playing in a fun environment like that, so I’m really excited to get back. Dallas in Dallas has a ring to it.”
The Eagles are averaging more than 2 fewer points without Goedert in the lineup. The run game has been more cold than hot. The coaches and players realize that Goedert’s blocking skills combined with his receiving duties open both the pass and the run game. A 6-5, 256-pound athlete will do that.
“Dallas is who he is because he’s a really good player,” Sirianni foreshadowed. “We’ll see how this week goes if we get him back.”
The Cowboys (9-3) have averaged 42.0 points since the Eagles defeated them 28-23 earlier this season. Granted, the opposition in that spree looked like dumpster fires except the Seattle Seahawks.
With a 14-game home win streak, the Cowboys are 3-point favorites over the Eagles, who they have defeated in five straight games at AT&T.
An Eagles win not only would maintain their lead for the first seed in the NFC and homefield throughout the playoffs, but all but clinch another NFC East pennant. It’s been 19 years since the division has crowned a repeat champion, the 2003-04 Eagles doing that deed.
“We’re playing a good offense again and we’re going to have to go down and put points on the board,” said Goedert, who ranked in the league’s top 10 in first downs before his injury. “We’re just focused on going down and winning this game. It’s a big game in the division. We know how important this one is. We’re going to focus on this one and worry about the results after the game and worry about what we have to do next week next week.”
The only real question now is how much Goedert will be able to do with his surgically prepared forearm in a protective wrap. Don’t expect the man who outplayed Travis Kelce in the Super Bowl. Look for a guy who makes an impact blocking for an Eagles team that has looked about as disorganized as it could be without him.
“I think we do a really good job here with our training staff and our strength staff,” Goedert said. “Another good thing about having an upper body injury is I’m still able to run and be on the bike, things like that. I feel like I’m in a really good position to come back and I’ll play as much as they let me.”
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