Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in practice earlier today. Grugier-Hill will miss some time in the regular season, but the injury should not be season-ending.

NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo broke the news of the injury.

Grugier-Hill went down in practice in a drill tackling running back Jordan Howard and was carted off to the medical tent before walking under his own power inside to undergo further evaluation.

A Grade 3 sprain is the same as a complete tear. However, the nature of the MCL means this injury should not require surgery unless there is another unreported damage to the knee.

This injury can take eight weeks or more to recover from, which means Grugier-Hill is at risk of missing the first few games of the season at the least.

Grugier-Hill has emerged as one of the teams most impressive players throughout training camp and was making a case to become a three-down linebacker. Now, the Eagles will be without him for at least the first few games of the regular season.

With Grugier-Hill out for the foreseeable future, the Eagles will depend upon Nigel Bradham and Zach Brown even more now. It is worth noting, though, that Bradham still has yet to fully participate as he recovers from offseason toe surgery, and Brown has struggled a bit in camp. The Eagles are also without Paul Worrilow, who has missed the last few practices due to a knee injury and is week-to-week.

The door is now open for players like L.J. Fort and TJ Edwards to get more playing time on the field and prove their case to make the team.

The Eagles also brought in Johnathan Cyprien yesterday, who has some experience playing at linebacker. If need be, Cyprien is more than capable of contributing at the position. In 2016, he recorded 126 tackles, and he played the majority of snaps at linebacker.

Grugier-Hill is also in a contract year, which means this injury could put a bump in the road of any potential contract talks between him and the team.

The news of Grugier-Hill’s injury is certainly troublesome, but it seems he has avoided the absolute worst.

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